Northwestern vs Ohio State : No. 21 Northwestern will try to upset No. 6 Ohio Stadium in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday. Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is slated for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.
NCAA FOOTBALL 2018
Big Ten Championship 2018
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Date : Saturday, December 1
Start Time : 8:00 PM ET
The Wildcats (8–4) took advantage of a weak West division, sealing the Big Ten West title with a win over Iowa in early November. The last time Northwestern won its conference came in 2000.
The Buckeyes (11–1) moved past Michigan for the Big Ten East title last weekend with a dominant 62–39 win. If Ohio State beats Northwestern, it could reach the College Football Playoff, though the Buckeyes need help—if Oklahoma beats Texas on Saturday, the Sooners will have a strong case to reach the College Football Playoff. Ohio State won the 2017 Big Ten championship, with their last title coming in 2014.
So it’s come to this. A Northwestern team that started its season 1-3 is just one win away from the Big Ten crown. And not only would a victory make the Wildcats an unlikely Power 5 Conference champion — it would also derail Ohio State’s bid for a return to the College Football Playoff.
Northwestern has rebounded from an awful start that made Pat Fitzgerald’s team look like a longshot for a postseason bid. Losses to Michigan (appreciable), Duke (understandable), and Akron (uh…) left the Wildcats in danger of floating to the bottom of the Big Ten. Fortunately for them, Fitzgerald was able to right the ship in time to take advantage of an even-more-down-than-usual year in the Big Ten West and rally to the program’s first division championship behind a 7-1 finish.
Ohio State has also got a little heat headed into the conference title game. The Buckeyes looked to be in trouble when they needed an embarrassing incompletion to save them from a loss against Maryland. Then, one week later, they absolutely thrashed then-No. 4 Michigan at home to secure their spot in Indianapolis.