The Ohio State Buckeyes look to redeem themselves, coming off a disappointing loss to Penn State a week ago. Saturday afternoon they’ll play host to the streaking (won three-straight games) Northwestern Wildcats. Here are our over/under predictions for the game:
2.5 Passing Touchdowns for Clay Thorson
Under. Northwestern quarterback Clay Thorson has thrown for three touchdowns in three-straight games. That streak ends Saturday, although he does impress fans to an extent on the national stage with two touchdowns through the air.
100 Rushing Yards for J.T. Barrett
Over. Although I’m expecting 15 carries or less from Barrett on Saturday afternoon, he’ll have a run of 40 yards or more that boosts his production on the ground and helps him eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Wildcats.
100 Rushing Yards for Justin Jackson
Over. Buckeye Nation shouldn’t be too upset about this prediction, considering the top running back for the Wildcats is averaging 29 carries over the past three weeks. The Ohio State defensive line will contain Jackson for the most part, but after carrying the ball 28 times (my prediction for his number of rushing attempts in the game) he’ll likely have 100 yards or more by the time the clock expires in the fourth quarter.
150 Yards From Scrimmage for Curtis Samuel
Over. Imagine Zeke doing the cereal-eating impression (gotta eat). That’s Curtis Samuel this weekend. Metaphorically, the entire buffet will be his this weekend as we see Samuel light up the Northwestern D as he’s fed the football until there’s no more room for an extra serving.
79.5 Receiving Yards for Austin Carr
Over. Although I don’t expect the top receiver in the Big Ten to have his third-straight game with 100 receiving yards, it’s difficult to predict the explosive wideout to have under 80 yards, even against the impressive Ohio State secondary.
1.5 Forced Turnovers for the Buckeyes’ Defense
Over. Expect the defense of Ohio State to give up plenty of yards on defense, but still shine a few times, forcing at least two turnovers against the Wildcats in this high-profile matchup.
1 Sack for Ifeadi Odenigbo
Under. The offensive line will still have plenty of room for improvement after Saturday’s game, but they’ll step up, holding the always-dangerous defensive end Odenigbo to zero sacks in the contest.
4.5 Total Touchdowns for J.T. Barrett
A good friend of mine refers to the Ohio State signal caller as “T.D. Barrett”. The name will be fitting this weekend as J.T. will account for five total touchdowns in a riveting bounce-back performance following a loss on the road.