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Opponent Links: Week 6, Ohio State

We're so close. In just over 24 hours, Northwestern will take the field against Ohio State, with the whole country watching to see if the Wildcats can shock the college football world. Bridge the gap between now and then by reading up on the Buckeyes.

USA Today’s Paul Myerberg ranked Ohio State at No. 3 in his countdown of all 125 FBS teams before the season. He predicted the Buckeyes would have a “potential date with Nebraska for the Big Ten title.” Might he rethink that after tomorrow night? (Reminder: he had Northwestern at No. 22.)

Ohio State has won 17 straight games dating back to their 12-0 record last season, but they are shooting for a higher number…and the reason isn’t strictly about winning.

Sebastian Lena of Bleacher Report breaks down Braxton Miller’s multifaceted game and explains why, despite Kenny Guiton’s eye-opening performance while Miller was injured, there’s no quarterback controversy at Ohio State.

While there may not be a controversy at quarterback for Ohio State, there could be one at running back. Will Carlos Hyde or Jordan Hall be featured more prominently this week?

While the Buckeyes earned the victory over Wisconsin, they lost one of their emotional leaders, safety Christian Bryant, for the season with a broken ankle. Ohio State will play for their teammate on Saturday.

Check out our own preview of Ohio State in the “Know Your Opponent” series, as well as our Kevin Trahan and WNUR’s Jim Sannes discussing the matchup in the latest podcast.