Across The Field: Q&A with Northwestern Writer Davis Rich As Wildcats Prepare to Play Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I think the Buckeyes pull away a BIT MORE than by the 14....  I like our to pull away and win big, thinking 52-17.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

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ibuck's picture

Just hoping for a Buckeye win.  

Score not that important. Let chips fall where they may. Rose Bowl would still be a grand way to end the season.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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TigerSweat's picture

The score is very important... It could be the difference between a bowl game and the playoffs. I know that you personal are cool with the rose bowl but i would be willing to bet that the players who have put all that time and energy into it are aiming for something bigger than a game in Pasadena. Saying that the score of this game isn't important would have been like saying that the score of the '14 B1G title game wouldn't be important... That national title would have never happened if OSU only beats Wisconsin by 10

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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ibuck's picture

would be willing to bet that the players who have put all that time and energy into it are aiming for something bigger than a game in Pasadena. Saying that the score of this game isn't important would have been like

Yeah, TS. I get that.

It's largely up to the players. How well they play determines their next game after Saturday.  

I'd just like to see them win the B1G Championship. One. Game. At. A. Time.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

I expect about the same score. If our offensive attack is as strong as last week it's even better. Over 60 against Michigan so over 70 against NW seems reasonable. NW may be good but not number 2 defense.
67 - 17 Buckeyes

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TigerSweat's picture

I'm thinking 55-17

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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SilverHaven's picture

"Now remember, I've seen you draw, and it wasn't all that fast." (James Garner)

I've seen NW play. Neither their running backs or their receivers have break-away speed.  Their quarterback has a weak arm and cannot throw down field.

I hate to say it, and I don't like seeing Fitzgerald suffer thru' it, but this is going to get ugly for them from the get-go.  They make up for being too small, by being too slow.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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Johnny_Buck71's picture

i think we are going to get everything from them and then some. The reference to ‘14 is clearly on their mind. Focus and disciplined. The rest will take care of itself. 

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. - Yogi Berra

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Pretty good analysis. Think osu gets a little more than 31...see it around 41-20

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

but this is not going to be a 2014 Big Ten Championship Game repeat.

Unfortunately, thats exactly what OSU needs.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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bd2999's picture

Not sure you can ever expect a game like that against a solid team. That was a shock to everybody. Particularly with a third string QB. 

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TigerSweat's picture

Funny thing is that if our first string QB (Barrett) would have been playing, we don't put up anywhere near 59.

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BucksHave7's picture

Great analysis.  Fitz is a heck of a coach. So glad he is in the B10.

Lets Go Bucks!!!! Shock the world!

BucksHave7

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Buckloving's picture

Have you seen their new facility? It's sweet. I have to think that will help their recruiting

bobbyd

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BucksHave7's picture

Awesome for the B10.  

After this season, NW  should lock Fitz up if they want to keep him.  Someone will throw big money, warm weather and a brand name to be able to score top recruits!

BucksHave7

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Bristol24's picture

I will be attending the game with my son, friends and family.

OSU will win 63-0!

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BucksHave7's picture

Nice. I’d even be happy with 60-0!

BucksHave7

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beserkr29's picture

NU played their 2 toughest teams in ND and TTUN, who have rickety offenses paired with smothering defenses. OSU has the opposite, a wide open offense and an improving, but underwhelming defense.

If the defense that shows up is a shadow of last week's defense, they'll have to institute a mercy rule for NU. If we get the Maryland game defense, it's goiing to be a shootout.

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Darksungm's picture

I like the sincere confidence. It's a pleasant change from the arrogance of the revenge tour. Treating a game and opponent with respect is one of the things that makes college football great.

God bless and go Bucks.

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DaiTheFlu's picture

I see a 41-17 type of game.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

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colo_buckeye's picture

60-9

God > Family > Buckeyes football

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Ohio_Against_The_World's picture

I see what you did there

When in doubt... Muck Fichigan

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NorthBerg's picture

Nice l

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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OSU069's picture

Respect his prediction. However, 45-17 Buckeyes. 

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allinosu's picture

I don't think he is far off. The longer NW hangs around their chances rise. Of courses that can be said for every under dog.  37-17. 

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Cooper's picture

Buckeyes are scoring more than 31 points. The good news for Northwestern fans, however, is that this Buckeye defense is certainly capable of allowing more than 17 points to the Wildcats.

I think NW’s zone coverage can give Haskins some issues where Michigan’s cover 1 didn’t. Looking forward to Saturday.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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MauricXe's picture

My eyes lit up when he said "The offensive line has struggled at times".

Chase Young and Dre'mont jones are going to have career games.

Or....knowing our luck, their offensive line will play like Bama haha.

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stantmann's picture

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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WC Buckeye's picture

55-21

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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saintstephen11's picture

need a single digit score out of the defense to have a puncher's chance of leaping over OU (if they win).

50 - 7 works 

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CowCat's picture

The only chance NW has if we make mental errors: Penalties, turnovers, ejections, etc.

But we have to buckle up for this game. NW is fired up and it's their first time in the B1G championship. They're going to bring it. Everything is a playoff game going forward.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Hovenaut's picture

Fair take, good details.

Also think NW slows the game down and keeps Ohio State close...for a half.

Cats give it a solid go, Buckeyes have too much this time around.

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thedewman10's picture

Fitz is a very respectable guy. Now comes the part of the game I personally hate. We may have to run it up if given the option. I wonder how coaches really feel about that? 

TheDewMan10

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Nutinpa's picture

Run up the score?  Let's cross that bridge if we get to it.  And no, Meyer won't do anything to overtly embarrass NW.  It could backfire. We have quickly forgotten that Meyer, albeit unfairly, was chased with pitchforks and slandered by every news and sports outlet in the country back in August and September.  He was suspended by his own employer.  His public persona is not -- and will not be "cleansed" for a while, if it ever is. If he schemes to artificially run up the score late in the 4th when the game is at hand, it will backfire, I promise you. 

To be clear, I don't mean taking a knee with 6 minutes to go in the game.  I mean throwing the air out of the football if the team is up by 30 or 40 with Haskins in the game.  Like I said....let's get to that bridge first.  Some of the score predictions in this thread are comical !

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GrayDay's picture

Nowadays you don’t have to try to run up the score to run it up.  Just play your offense well and then, “...well will ya look at that it’s 59-0, wow they was fast.”

This one will feel close and we could still win by 28.

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Turfgrad's picture

Ohio against the world & esecpn!

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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Cptnvideo's picture

It's our 2nd playoff game of (I hope) 4.

The TSUN game was essentially a playoff game.

My favorite team? Whoever is playing TTUN.

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FrankTheGrimes's picture

I suppose we’ve been in the playoffs since we left West Lafayette. 

“Feeling cold is psychological” -Woody

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Buxki84's picture

Same thing for the Maryland game. The season was on the line. Lose that and any chance for a championship is gone.

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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NorthBerg's picture

The Nerds will not be blown out, and night have a shot at an upset if the Buckeyes motivation is shattered by Oklahoma beating Texas soundly earlier in the day.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I've been silently thinking the same thing all week regarding OU. I believe OU has more than a decent shot of putting a serious beating on Texas this time around. Now, if the guys decide to really stomp the pedal in response to an OU win, that's another story.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Drpsychbuck's picture

Time to flood the zones!!!! Crossing routes, overload, set picks, and try to make NW keep up with OSU speed and athletes! Haskins will need to make them pay with his arm and feet to make them respect the QB run. Play sound defense, stay in position, and crush the NW O line for a pass rush party to the QB and stop thenRB before he gets going and we could be looking at a repeat of the 2014 Big Ten Championship game!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Hard for me to believe this will be anything short of a runaway train for a Buckeye curb stomping. 

Here we come dabo !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

Seattle Sounders 2019 MLS Champions

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cledaybuck's picture

NW hasn’t lost by more than 14 this year.

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Nutinpa's picture

You're one of the more level-headed people on this site, Linga.  Why is it hard to believe that NW will keep this game close.....at least for 3 quarters?   They are playing with house money and have a year of film on Haskins and this Offense....something Wisconsin did not have on Jones 4 years ago.   The "we have better athletes than they'll ever have" argument is true.  In the 50 years I have been following the Buckeyes, that is usually a truth.  But it doesn't mean a damn thing to the kids on the other side of the LOS ....who also have a scollie.   Hey, I'm just sayin.......even if nobody says....."just sayin".....anymore, lol.  

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BuckeyeinSF's picture

I will be shocked if we only score 31. I'm thinking 52-20.

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RK84's picture

Ohio State is going to score some points, but this is not going to be a 2014 Big Ten Championship Game repeat.

famous last words... 

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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Northern Nevada Buck's picture

38-17 is probable...not good enough to get into the CFP if the Sooners win... 45-17...however...may be...42-10...would get it done.

"Give your dream an aspiration date."

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bucknuthoffy7's picture

Hope he's right that we beat them but hope he's way off on the final score. We won't make the playoffs if we only score 31 points in a lackluster win. Need to hit 40 or more to have a shot of convincing the committee that we belong over Oklahoma. I'd love to see the Buckeyes go off for 50 or more and make it a route! Question is, which team will show up this weekend?

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Well said. Last year's B1G CG was about as lackluster a win as I can remember - almost unwatchable between the turnovers and missed opportunities. Having said that, objective 1 is to just win the game. Objective 1a is a boatload of style points. If they achieve those, then Objective 2 will be UFM hosting Fitz for a no-hard-feelings dinner ;).

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

Halftime score: 24-10 Buckeyes. Final score: 45-17 Buckeyes

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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maximumblitz's picture

The last bend but don't break team we played was Purdue.  tOSU does a much better job of scoring from outside the red zone.

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Citybuck's picture

Ohio State 34
Northwestern 24

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BuckNutChicago's picture

I’m hoping NW gets zero, but think they get 31.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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Yoda888's picture

The Chinese has a saying, "seen ghost once, afraid of dark." 

That "ghost" is Iowa last year and Purdue this year....Maryland was the dark.  god-almighty, let's hope NW doesn't turn out be another.  Thank goodness, The Game was a beacon of light.

TO THE TEAM: Pls don't play down to the competition (no disrespect to NW).  that's happened way too often this year.  

GO BUCKS.

Yoda888

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Madbuckeye's picture

Our defense against the spread offense. Hopefully ttun offense wasn't just glimmer of hope. That said I'm banking on our offense. 56-31 good guys.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Health and wellness are among factors that can't be predictable. In all of the important games - Do the starting key players players play 60 min, 45, 20 ? Injuries can kill any good teams momentum. Hopefully all of our team is well beyond the New Year.
Looking forward to seeing our offense play with no wind, rain or anything else. Could be very special. Respect for NW but you must play with your talent and ours can look spectacular.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Health and wellness are among factors that can't be predictable. In all of the important games - Do the starting key players players play 60 min, 45, 20 ? Injuries can kill any good teams momentum. Hopefully all of our team is well beyond the New Year.
Looking forward to seeing our offense play with no wind, rain or anything else. Could be very special. Respect for NW but you must play with your talent and ours can look spectacular.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Buckeyes 31, Wildcats 17

Buckeyes 31 70, Wildcats 17 3

FIFY

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KeithMC33's picture

OU/Texas is a Noon game, right? The plus side to that is we'll know before kickoff exactly what we need to do. hopefully that game is close, i think if OU goes out and blows the doors off Ol' Texas Tom, it'll be tough passing them for the 4th spot. 

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Buckeye4Life61's picture

Have a great feeling about this game... same feeling I had about scUM game.

prediction: Bucks by 35.

Win big in INDY! 

Go Bucks!

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