Jody Victor: The Buckeyes look to rebound at Northwestern Saturday and keep their Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl hopes alive. The Buckeyes and Wildcats are playing for the 74th time since their first meeting in 1913. Ohio State has a 56-14-1 edge in the series, with a 25-6-1 advantage in Evanston. The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings.
The Buckeyes are ranked 12th this week in the USA Today/AFCA coaches' poll, 12th in the Associated Press media poll and 11th in the Harris Poll. Northwestern is ranked 25th in this week's coaches' poll. In the latest intallment of the BCS standings released Sunday, Ohio State is 11th and Northwestern 24th.
During the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State, in the games following the Buckeyes' 17 losses, OSU has a 15-2 record. Eleven of those games were at Ohio Stadium, where the Buckeyes under Tressel are 10-1 in the game following a loss. Only once during the Tressel era has Ohio State recorded back-to-back losses, a three-game stretch with losses at Northwestern, to Wisconsin and at Iowa in October, 2004.
Ohio State (7-2/4-1) visits Northwestern (7-2/3-2) for a Big Ten game Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Ryan Field (47,130) in Evanston. This noon Eastern game will be televised by ESPN2.