Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats, Big Ten Conference game. Buckeyes # 4 look for another victory to be the first in the AP Poll with seven wins. All games on the road have been relatively easy for the Buckeyes. This is the third game on the road after winning at home last week. The Wildcats have not won at home since the second week of the season. The home team has three weeks without losing.
Ohio State Buckeyes: Looking for perfection.
The Buckeyes do not know what it is to lose. So far the team has six victories in the season. The last victory was at home against Michigan State 34-10 at home. The other victories this season were against Florida Atlantic 42-21, Cincinnati 42-0, Indiana 51-10, Miami Ohio 76-5 and Nebraska 48-7. The two victories on the road were against Indiana and Nebraska. The record at the conference is 3-0 for the Buckeyes.
On the road the Buckeyes are scoring an average of 49.5 points per game, 42 rushes with 306 rush yards, 17 completed passes with 214 pass yards. In the first two quarters the team is averaging 34 points. The defense allows up to 8.5 points per game, 31 rushes with 42 rush yards, 21 completed passes with 215 pass yards.
Justin Fields 69.5% with 98 completed passes, 1298 yards, 18 touchdowns and a single interception. 187.5 overall rating. 57 person rushes with 283 yards for eight touchdowns. The best game for Fields was against Cincinnati with 20 completed passes in 25 attempts (80%). On the road only six touchdowns without interceptions.
Northwestern Wildcats: Not knowing what to do.
The Wildcats have only one victory this season. In the conference the team has won nothing, only three losses. In the fifth week the Wildcats suffered the last defeat against Nebraska on the road 10-13. That was the tightest game the Wildcats had so far. The defense did a good job but the home team won by only three points.
At home the Wildcats are scoring an average of 20 points per game, 46.5 rushes with 208 rush yards, 15.5 completed passes with 145.5 pass yards. The second half is the best for the Wildcats with 10.5 points on average. The defense allows up to 22.5 points, 37.5 rushes with 161 rush yards, 17 completed passes with 174 pass yards. The last victory against the Buckeyes was in 2003 on the road 0-20.
It is not yet confirmed, but the candidates for starting quarterback for this game against the Buckeyes are Hunter Johnson and Aiden Smith. The first has not had the best season with only 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions in four games. On the other hand, Aiden Smith 31 completed passes, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions, 273 yards.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats 10/18/2019 is: take the OVER 50 (TOTALS).
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