Kyle Rode the Purple Line

By Ramzy Nasrallah on May 18, 2013 at 12:10p

Could it be that Ohio State-Northwestern this October is one of the biggest B1G games of the season? [SPOILER: Definitely]

LTP: Let’s cut to the chase. October 5, 2013. It’s a night game in Evanston and if we both hold serve in non-conference and you beat Wisky in your B1G opener it will be a likely ESPN Gameday presence for the ‘Cats-Buckeyes in primetime.  I saw that 11Warriors recently ranked this game the #2 night game of the entire B1G season and even made a case for it to be #1.  If your blog is a litmus test for Buckeye fans’ sentiment, it would seem the respect factor has increased for NU.  How key do you see this particular game being for OSU’s season and why?

11w:  I’ve thought since last season ended that this would be the toughest game on the schedule. Once it was confirmed as a night game that sealed the deal. Two other games stick out – Cal and, obviously, Michigan. The Cal game is the first road game of the season, which is always tough. Factor in the fact that the Bears nearly won at Ohio Stadium last season and new head coach Sonny Dykes runs a very successful offense and it could get interesting.

But Northwestern tops both, in my opinion. First off, the Wildcats are good and have been for several years under Pat Fitzgerald. The work he’s done in Evanston has been nothing short unremarkable. Coming off a 10-win season with several key parts returning, heck, Ohio State and Northwestern could play twice next season. The Buckeyes have struggled some at Ryan Field in the past, and even though there will be plenty of scarlet and gray in the stands, it’s still a road game at night in a rabid atmosphere. If Ohio State leaves undefeated, it is mostly clear sailing until the season finale at Michigan.


Entire interview worth reading. Photo above is from Northwestern's sole victory over Ohio State in the last 40 years. The ensuing celebration actually killed an NU student.



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MN Buckeye's picture

We cannot take any game lightly, but this game at NU will be huge.  Urban will have us prepared.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

That week 1 game between Northwestern and Cal is going to be very interesting. 

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tdible2132's picture

If Cal ends up surprising people and beating NW handly in that game, then I'll officially be scared about our road game against Cal.  Still think NW beats Cal though and that both NW & OSU will likely be undefeated when we square off.  I'm really excited for the NW game under the lights.  Should be an entertaining matchup.

cajunbuckeye's picture

What a F'ed up way to go. My sincere condolences to the family of the NU student that collapsed on the field during the celebration. There's an old story about the old bull and the young bull, standing high upon a hill, admiring a herd of cows in the valley below. The young bull say's, "Let's run down the hill and breed one of those cows". To which the old bull reply's, "Let's walk down the hill and breed them all. Wise words, from a smart, old bull.

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yrro's picture

I have an issue with the "raise our defense to an SEC level" comment. I'd be happy if we raised it back to an OSU level. No SEC team had a better five year span of defenses than OSU did 2005-2010. 

hetuck's picture

Think back to all the spring reports of the OSU defense working on dime coverage. They know next season's threats & how to defeat them. OSU won't really need a MLB until later in the season giving Grant more development time. 

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LadyBuck's picture

That was a great read. I think it will be interesting to see what happens between Cal and Northwestern. That game @Cal will be a good litmus test for how well our defense works on the road.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

I've been to NW to watch OSU several times. One of those times they ran out of Coke. Really? Out of Coke? When they know OSU is coming and will have a sh*t load of fans there? Maybe Kyle can ask them if Greeney will pay the soft drink bill this year.

captain obvious's picture

63-10 rack it
Brax throws for 3 tds and runs for 2 more by half

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HolyBuckeye1093's picture

My uncle is a Northwestern alum. He told me a story about when he was in school, he went to see a Northwestern vs OSU game in Evanston. NW ran back the opening kick for a TD. My uncle looked at his roommate and said, "they shouldn't have done that, they're only going to make Woody mad."  Final score of that game was 55-7 OSU.

robert goulet's picture

Most anticipated since 2001; we didn't play NW in 2000 ( the year they shared the B10 with Purdue and Michigan)   

painterlad's picture

Northwestern is a program waiting to explode. Their offense is the most exciting in the BIG bar none. While Ohio State has better athletes I think that the Wildcats have the better offense.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Bet Northwestern, Bet early, and bet often. See how that works out for you.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

While Ohio State has better athletes I think that the Wildcats have the better offense.

Really? Both teams return almost all their key offensive players, respectively, and Ohio State's offense was better last year. OSU's 2012 offense was rated by FEI as 10th best in the country, while NW's was only 29th. Ohio State scored 37 pts/game last year; NW only 31. 
I guess you're assuming that NW will make bigger offensive strides between last year and this season compared to an Ohio State offense run by Urbz/Herman and led by a 3rd year Braxton Miller? Good luck with that prediction . . . 

Jdadams01's picture

I think this game gets hyped up and the Bucks make into a beat down. NW will be good. But they won't be on the same planet as OSU. And Urban will have them ready for this game.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Can't underestimae these guys!  They do have some good talent and area always scrappy.  I look for them to contend for the B1G title game.  Most likely Nebraska or the team up north will be the ones we face off for it all, but NU is a team to keep on the radar screen.  It will be a great game and super hyped in Evanston! 
Go Bucks!!