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Ohio State Buckeyes at Northwestern Wildcats

Ohio State -28.5 at Northwestern, Total 49: Since a lackluster second half of their 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic, the Buckeyes have been nearly flawless. 

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In the five games since the Owls scored three touchdowns after halftime in the season opener, Ohio State has averaged 50 points per game while giving up a total of 32. 

Quarterback Justin Fields, a five-star recruit who transferred from Georgia during the offseason, has accounted for 26 touchdowns with only one interception. 

But the Buckeyes’ trip to the greater Chicago area could be a tricky one. 

The Wildcats counter with their own five-star transfer at quarterback, Hunter Johnson, who began his college career at Clemson. But while Johnson has struggled, the Wildcats’ defense has been solid. It held Wisconsin to a season low in yardage in a 24-15 loss. 

And a showdown with the No. 6 Badgers looms for Ohio State eight days later. 

Looking ahead? NORTHWESTERN and UNDER 

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