OSU at Northwestern
At this point in the season the Wildcats could conceivably
be 6-3 and looking to keep the momentum up enough to get to their fourth bowl
game in eight years. On paper, this will
be Northwestern’s best team since the passing of Randy Walker in 2006 but the
15 returning starters will have to play their best to upset the Ohio State Mac
truck that will be rolling through Evanston
in early November.
By Pete Quint
The Wildcats return Big Ten passing leader CJ Bacher,
standout running back Tyrell Sutton and their top two receivers from ’07. Unfortunately Northwestern needs to replace
three starters on their offensive line.
The veteran defense returns eight starters but lacks the traditional
size of most Big Ten teams. Ohio State
can take advantage of the defensive size difference and offensive line
inexperience to out play the Wildcats on both sides of the ball.
I’ll say this every year OSU travels to Evanston; don’t underestimate the
Wildcats. The Buckeyes have the team to
beat Northwestern soundly but they also had the team back in 2004 when they
were embarrassed 33-27 in overtime. Ohio State
can win this one handily but keep in mind two things; Jim Tressel Buckeye teams
are 5-6 coming off bye weeks and the redemption game with Illinois looms huge next week.