No. 3/4 Ohio State Travels to No. 15/16 Northwestern

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#3/4 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) at #15/16 Northwestern (4-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 7/8 p.m. ET
Ryan Field (47,130)
Evanston, Ill.

The Broadcast
Television: ABC will televise the game with Brent Musburger and former Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit in the booth and Heather Cox on the sidelines.
Radio: WBNS (FM 97.1 The Fan) is the flagship station for the 64-station Ohio State Radio Network. The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the play-by-play with former Buckeye Jim Lachey in the booth and Marty Bannister on the sidelines. The game also can be heard nationally on Sports USA Radio with Adam Amin, Gary Barnett and Troy West and Sirius-XM channels 91.

First and 10
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games.
Ohio State has won the last four meetings with Northwestern and 28 of the last 29 overall.
Ohio State ranks first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA in first downs with 127.
Ohio State leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth in the NCAA in scoring with 48.2 ppg.
Ohio State is outscoring teams 216-21 in the first quarter this season.
Ohio State is averaging 501.2 yards of total offense per game while giving up only 304.0.
Ohio State’s defense ranks eighth nationally in rushing defense (84.6 ypg). The unit has not allowed a run of 20 or more yards this season.
Junior Braxton Miller passed Cornelius Greene to become Ohio State’s all-time leading rusher among QBs with 83 yards rushing vs. Wisconsin.
Miller is tied for first with Joe Germaine with six career games of at least 300 yards of total offense.
Junior LB Ryan Shazier leads the B1G with 7.0 TFL.
Urban Meyer last faced Northwestern in 2001 in his first season at Bowling Green, a 43-42 win for the Falcons in Evanston.

Scouting The Wildcats
The Widcats (4-0, 0-0) are ranked 15th in this week’s USA Today/Coaches Top 25 poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll. They had a bye last Saturday and are coming off a 35-21 win over Maine Sept. 21. The Wildcats also have posted wins at Cal (44-30), and at home vs. Syracuse (48-27) and Western Michigan (38-17).

Northwestern’s offense, which ranks 18th in the NCAA with 249.5 rushing yards per game, features a two-quarterback system in senior Kain Colter and junior Trevor Siemian. Colter, who has started all four games for the Wildcats this season, has 264 yards passing with three TDs and two INTs to go along with 237 yards rushing and three TDs. Siemian has completed 77.1 percent of his passes for 671 yards, four TDs and two INTs. Senior RB Venric Mark, a second team All-Big Ten performer and first-team All-American at punt returner in 2012, has not played since the Aug. 31 game at Cal because of an injury. Last season he posted the second-most all-purpose yards in a single-season in school history with 2,166 yards.

The defense is led by junior LB and Gahanna, Ohio native Chi Chi Ariguzo who has 35 tackles on the season. Junior safety Ibraheim Campbell ranks fifth nationally and second in the Big Ten with three interceptions this season. As a team, NU ranks third in the NCAA with 10 total interceptions, four of those returned for TDs.

Pat Fitzgerald is in his eighth season as head coach with a 54-39 record. Last season he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 overall record, including a win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.


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2013-2014 SCHEDULE

Date Opponent / Event Location Time

08/31/13 vs. Buffalo TV Columbus, Ohio 12:00 p.m. ET
09/07/13 vs. San Diego State TV Columbus, Ohio 3:30 p.m. ET
09/14/13 at California TV Berkeley, Calif. 7:00 p.m. ET
09/21/13 vs. Florida A&M TV Columbus, Ohio TBA
09/28/13 vs. Wisconsin * TV Columbus, Ohio 8:00 p.m. ET
10/05/13 at Northwestern * TV Evanston, Ill. 8:00 p.m. ET
10/19/13 vs. Iowa * TV Columbus, Ohio 3:30 p.m. ET
10/26/13 vs. Penn State * TV Columbus, Ohio 8:00 p.m. ET
11/02/13 at Purdue * TV West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
11/16/13 at Illinois * TV Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/23/13 vs. Indiana * TV Columbus, Ohio TBA
11/30/13 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
Big Ten Championship Game
12/07/13 TBA * TV Indianapolis, Ind. TBA


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2015 Ohio State Big Ten FB Schedule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference office announced its 2015 conference schedule today, as approved by the Administrators Council. Ohio State will play the same eight Big Ten schools as it does in 2014 with location of the game reversed.

The Buckeyes will kick off their Big Ten season on the road for a second consecutive season – the team opens 2014 at Maryland – with a game Oct. 3 at Indiana. A pair of home games follow: Oct. 10 vs. Maryland and Oct. 17 vs. Penn State.

The Buckeyes will then travel for the first time to Rutgers University, the birthplace of college football, for a game Oct. 24. The game will be played at Rutgers’ 52,424-seat High Point Solutions Stadium, located in Piscataway, N.J.

Following an off week on the Halloween weekend, Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium for a game against Minnesota Nov. 7. The team’s final three games in the 2015 regular season will be at Illinois (Nov. 14), home against Michigan State (Nov. 21) and at Michigan (Nov. 28).

Big Ten teams Ohio State will not play in the 2015 regular season: Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

2015 Ohio State Big Ten Conference Football Schedule
Oct. 3 – at Indiana
Oct. 10 – Maryland
Oct. 17 – Penn State
Oct. 24 – at Rutgers
Oct. 31 – Off
Nov. 7 – Minnesota
Nov. 14 – at Illinois
Nov. 21 – Michigan State
Nov. 28 – at Michigan
Dec. 5 – Big Ten Championship Game


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Buckeyes Back on the Road at Purdue

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Jan. 8, 2013
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1) at the Purdue Boilermakers (7-7, 1-1)
Site: Mackey Arena (14,846)
Game Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN
Talent: Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
Dan Dakich (expert analysis)
Radio: OSU-IMG Sports Network (56 stations)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 92/XM 190
Local Radio: WBNS FM-97.1 AM-1460
Radio Talent: Paul Keels (play-by-play)
Ron Stokes (expert analysis)

The Purdue Series
Ohio State has won three of the last four meetings with the Boilermakers. Overall, Purdue owns the series lead with an 83-78 record and a 54-24 lead in West Lafayette. As a ranked team, Ohio State is 24-4 in the Purdue series. Deshaun Thomas (12.0 ppg.) and Aaron Craft (11.0 ppg.), both juniors, lead the Buckeyes in the Purdue series on the offensive end. Thomas’ 5.5 rebounds per game also leads Ohio State vs. the Boilers. Thomas is shooting 49 percent from the field in the series (19-39).

A Look at the Boilermakers
Purdue opened Big Ten Conference play with a 6-6 overall record before splitting the first two conference games of the year. The Boilermakers downed Illinois at home Jan. 2, 68-61 and then fell at Michigan State 84-61 last Saturday. Three Boilers average double-digits offensively with Terone Johnson leading the way with 13.4 points per game. A.J. Hammons and D.J. Byrd each contribute 10.0 ppg. Hammons leads the team with 5.9 rebounds a game.


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Dunn Named Freshman of the Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bri’onte Dunn, from Canton, Ohio and GlenOak High School, was named the Big Ten Conference freshman of the week after his career-best day in Ohio State’s 52-22 win over Illinois this past weekend.

Dunn set career high totals in his most extended playing time of the season with 13 rushes, 73 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average. He had a long gain of 11 yards and he capped Ohio State’s scoring with a three-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left to play.

The Buckeyes recorded their third 300-yard rushing game of the season with 330 yards against the Illini. The team’s five rushing touchdowns marked the third time this season with five-or-more rushing scores in a game.

Dunn is averaging 5.3 yards per carry off 25 rushes this season. He has 133 net yards, two touchdowns and he has not lost a yard from scrimmage to date.

The 10-0 and No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (Associated Press) are off this week. They play at Wisconsin Nov. 17 in a 3:30 p.m. EST game that will be televised locally and regionally by ABC and with a reverse mirror in other parts of the country on ESPN2.

Go Bucks!!!

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