Northwestern at Ohio State 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) vs Northwestern Wildcats (6-1)
Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
Betting Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -20 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Northwestern faces Ohio State on Saturday, December 19th for the Big Ten Championship game.
Northwestern is coming off a 28-10 win over Illinois in its last game before the Big Ten Championship. Northwestern gave a much better performance in that win than its game against Michigan State the week before -- Northwestern's only loss this season. Northwestern is 6-1 and is ranked #14 in the nation. Northwestern has scored 25.3 points per game and has earned 351.4 total yards of offense per contest as well. Northwestern averages 180.9 passing yards and 170.6 rushing yards per game on offense. Northwestern's defense has been exceptional this season, allowing only 14.6 points per game to its opposition. Northwestern has conceded 313.9 total yards of offense per contest as well, which includes 192.0 passing yards and 121.9 rushing yards per game. Northwestern may not be able to win this game, but to even be in the Big Ten Championship game itself is an amazing feat that no one saw coming. Northwestern was miserable in 2019-20, and the improvements that this team made in just one season is unbelievable.
Ohio State's final game of the regular season against Michigan was canceled due to COVID-19. Ohio State's last game was against Michigan State on the road on December 5th. In that game, Ohio State was able to defeat 52-12 in an absolute blowout. Ohio State is now 5-0 on the year and is ranked #4 in the nation. For Ohio State, it is simple, a win and the Buckeyes are almost certain to be in the college football playoff. Florida's loss to LSU aided those efforts as well. Ohio State has scored 46.6 points per game and has earned a total of 532.4 total yards of offense. Ohio State has allowed 23.2 points per game and has conceded 363.8 total yards of offense to its opponents.
Ohio State opens as a 20-point favorite and the total is set at 59.5. I like Ohio State to win this game, but I cannot lay 20 points here. This is the biggest game for Northwestern in a long time, and I do not see the Wildcats getting destroyed. Northwestern's defense keeps it in ball games, and I think Northwestern can cover this spread here.