Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats preview

Sep 21, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) warms up prior to the game against the Florida A&M Rattles. Mandatory Photo Credit: Andrew Webber, USA Today Sports

In what is one of the most anticipated games of the weekend in college football, the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats will host the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State is riding a 17-game winning streak, while Northwestern, at 4-0, is trying to prove they’re amongst the top teams in the country.

It should be a thrilling game in prime time, so you better be well rested (Northwestern will be).

Though their schedule hasn’t been particularly tough, the Ohio State offense has been unstoppable in 2013. The Buckeyes are fifth in the nation in points per game, and their backfield of Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde has been outstanding. Of course, then there’s Heisman-candidate Braxton Miller, who is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin.

Things are not perfect for the Buckeyes, though. The team lost experienced safety Christian Bryant after he suffered broken-ankle injury near the end of the Wisconsin game, which means Tyvis Powell and Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown will have to rise to the occasion against a balanced Northwestern offense co-led by Kain Colter and Trevor Siemia.

The game will also showcase two of the best coaches in the land: Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald. Meyer has yet to lost a game as the Ohio State coach, and Fitzgerald has been instrumental bringing the Northwestern program into prominence.

The game should be a good one, so tune in at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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