the-Ozone Staff Picks: Northwestern



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This was the hardest pick of the year to date. The Buckeyes' secondary was vulnerable last week against the Badgers, but they were so focused on stopping the run that it almost gave them a pass. Bradley Roby will need a big game on national television after last week and should be able to play more like normal. It will likely be another shootout and as long as Braxton Miller doesn't turn the ball over, the Buckeyes keep on rolling. Ohio State 52, Northwestern 41 - Patrick Murphy (5-0)

I think I may be overrating Northwestern's offense here, given the fact that they only had three touchdown drives against Maine. Add in the fact that Curtis Grant said that Northwestern's two-quarterback system makes them easier to defend, and I'm feeling good about the Buckeyes. Multiply that by Braxton Miller saying on Wednesday that the Wildcats do some things on defense that they know they can attack, and now I'm almost convinced the Buckeyes win. Ohio State 45, Northwestern 31 - Tony Gerdeman (5-0)

The last time Northwestern began a season 5-0, the Wildcats defeated Beloit College for their fifth win. I wonder if College Gameday was at that one, too? Ohio State 38, Northwestern 24 - Rob Ogden (5-0)

This is the one game on Ohio State's schedule that had me worried going into the season and nothing has changed from that respect. Pat Fitzgerald might just be the second best coach in the Big Ten these days and his offense is the type of attack that could give this Buckeye defense all kinds of problems. The difference in this game will be Braxton Miller and a motivated Urban Meyer who comes out with a more aggressive game plan offensively this week knowing he's going to be in a shootout at Ryan Field. Ohio State 45, Northwestern 35. Brandon Castel (5-0)

I kind of like the common opponent method of picking a game, so looked at the Northwestern vs. Cal box score. The Wildcat offense gained a lot of yards, but was not that efficient at scoring points. They managed just three offensive touchdowns on over 500 yards of offense. They won't have nearly that yardage against the Buckeye defense, so points will be surprisingly hard to come by for them, especially given their difficulty in scoring against Maine as well. OSU 38, Northwestern 19. John Porentas (5-0)

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