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Northwestern to play Ohio State Friday, October 18 at Ryan Field

The game comes as part of the Big Ten’s limited Friday night schedule.

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Northwestern and Ohio State will meet in a rematch of this year’s Big Ten Championship Friday, October 18 at Ryan Field next season, Northwestern announced in an email to season-ticket holders Tuesday.

The game was originally scheduled for the following Saturday.

Northwestern was once slated to play two Friday games last season, though those games eventually got moved to Saturdays. Pat Fitzgerald has publicly opposed playing on Friday nights before, saying he feels Fridays should be reserved for high school football. Penn State and Maryland will also play on a Friday night next season.

This is the first time Ohio State will play at Ryan Field since 2013, when College GameDay travelled to Evanston and the Buckeyes beat the Wildcats 40-30. Both teams will be coming off byes when they meet on the Friday night.