The Ohio State Buckeyes’ road game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday (8:00 p.m. ET on ABC) has all the makings of an upset.
With Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the College GameDay crew visiting Evanston for the first time since 1995, expect the atmosphere to be electric. Furthermore, this might just be the best team the Wildcats have fielded for years.
If the Buckeyes aren’t careful, the nation’s longest active winning streak of 17 games could come to an end this weekend.
Here’s why head coach Urban Meyer’s team is on upset alert.
A Formidable Ground Game
Ohio State fans will be quick to point out that the team currently has the No. 8-ranked run defense in the nation (84.6 YPGA).
Sure, the Buckeyes had no problem shutting down Wisconsin’s No. 7-ranked rushing attack last weekend, limiting the Badgers to just 104 yards on the ground. However, in its other four contests, the team has faced an FCS school and the No. 97-, 102- and 106-ranked rushing offenses.
Not exactly the best sample.
This Saturday, Ohio State’s defensive line will be tested once again by Northwestern’s No. 18-ranked rushing attack (249.5 YPG).
Led by the trio of Treyvon Green (58 CAR, 404 YDS, 5 TD), Kain Colter (39 CAR, 237 YDS, 3 TD) and Mike Trumpy (41 CAR, 203 YDS, 2 TD), this backfield is no joke. Throw in the return of the Big Ten’s leader in all-purpose yards from a year ago, Venric Mark (1,470 YDS, 13…
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