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Phil Harrison

Ohio State vs. Northwestern Buckeyes Wire staff predictions

The Ohio State football team is headed to Evanston to take on a Northwestern team that has struggled with the game of American football. Saturday’s game is not expected to be close, but these things aren’t won on paper.

You know the drill by now. Before each Buckeyes game day, we ask our writers to give their predictions on what will happen and a quick reason for why things will play out the way they will. So far, we’ve been pretty good at this thing, so we’re at it again.

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Here is how Phil, Mark and Josh see things going when you turn on your television or streaming device Saturday afternoon.

Phil Harrison, Publisher/Editor and Featured Writer

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The Prediction

This one should really be over early. Northwestern has been awful on both sides of the ball and hasn’t won a game on American soil in over a year. Look for Ohio State to work on the running game and have plenty of success, then follow it up with big plays through the air. This one is over shortly after halftime.


Ohio State 52, Northwestern 14

Mark Russell, Featured Writer

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The Prediction

Even when playing the top-rated defenses of Penn State and Iowa, Ohio State has been putting up points in droves. Saturday against a significantly weaker opponent will be no different. Expect some fireworks early as the Buckeyes cruise. Just make sure you’re there for the start, because this one may be over by halftime.


Ohio State 64, Northwestern 13

Josh Keatley, Featured Writer

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The Prediction

Ohio State has an unstoppable offense, and Northwestern clearly does not. That is a recipe for a blowout win for our Buckeyes. It would not be shocking to see Ohio State put more than 50 points on the board and shut out the Wildcats, but I wanted to be somewhat pessimistic with my prediction. The most shocking part is Northwestern, which typically has a strong defense, has appeared to just give up on that side of the ball as well.


Ohio State 49, Northwestern 7

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