The Ohio State Buckeyes are headed back to Indianapolis for the fourth consecutive year for the Big Ten Championship Game.

They made history in 2019 as the first program in league history to win three straight outright league titles, and would obviously be the first to do it four times as well.

The series between the Buckeyes and Wildcats is one of the most lopsided in OSU history, which makes for a lot of interesting stats and other notes.

As always, these either come directly from, or are inspired by the official game notes from Ohio State and Northwestern.


Northwestern’s record against Ohio State since a 1971 win in Columbus. It is the fewest wins against Ohio State over that span by any Big Ten program that has been a member longer than 10 years. The Wildcats’ only win came in overtime in Evanston in 2004.


Northwestern has only broken the 30-point mark twice in program history against Ohio State. The most recent came in a 40-30 Ohio State win in 2013. The Cats won 33-27 in overtime in 2004. That game was 27-27 at the end of the fourth quarter, so NU has only broken 30 in regulation against OSU once.   

In contrast, the Buckeyes have scored at least 40 points in seven of their last eight games against Northwestern.


Northwestern has finished five regular seasons in the last 50 years with zero or one Big YTen losses: (2020, 2018, 1996, 1995, 1970). Only once in those five seasons did they face the Buckeyes in the regular season (a 24-10 OSU win in 1970). They also played Ohio State in 2018, but that was in the Big Ten Championship Game, not the regular season.


Northwestern is giving up an average of just 14.6 points per game this season. That ranks No. 2 in the entire country. The Wildcats also have the top defense in the nation in pass efficiency, and their defense is 12th in the country with 12 interceptions.


Ohio State currently has 38 Big Ten football championships in program history, with a chance to make it 39 on Saturday. That’s the second-most of any school in the league, behind only Michigan (42). The Wolverines piled up 15 of those before 1934, while Ohio State only had three. Since 2005, Ohio State has won at least a share of the league title nine times (not counting the vacated 2010 season), while Michigan has zero titles over that span.


Northwestern has won 48 games by one score or less since Pat Fitzgerald took over as head coach in 2006. That’s tied with Navy for the most of any program in FBS over that span.


The Buckeyes are 53-4 in Big Ten play since the league went to its current divisional alignment in 2014. They are one of only three schools (along with Alabama and Clemson) to have a conference winning percentage above .900 over that span. OSU is 38-2 against other teams in the Big Ten East since 2014.


Northwestern’s Peyton Ramsey and Ohio State’s Justin Fields have combined for 111 career touchdown passes. Fields (60) is the active leader among all Big Ten players. Ramsey (51) is second on that list.

Both players transferred during their careers, Fields from Georgia to Ohio State and Ramsey from Indiana to Northwestern.


Ohio State has exploded out of the gates, piling up a 136-30 advantage during the first half of their five games. In the last four games, they have a 112-16 edge before halftime. The Buckeyes have been most dominating in the second quarter, with an 80-17 edge.


Ryan Day has been Ohio State’s head coach for 22 games, and his teams have scored a total of 1,058 points in those matchups. That works out to an average of 48.0 points per game under Day.

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  1. [QUOTE=”lewis22g, post: 3022, member: 3179″]
    Where does osu stand on covid for the northwestern game?
    They’re going to play. I’m not sure why people think they’re not going to.

  2. [QUOTE=”TiffinBuck, post: 3093, member: 554″]
    Tom where is the insiders board or am I in it ? I feel like there’s so little posting
    It’s here: [URL][/URL]

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