OSU-Northwestern Game Data

OSU-Northwestern Game Data

Here is a look at the key data, depth charts and match-ups for Ohio State's Big Ten opener against Northwestern.

OSU-Northwestern Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Sept. 27, noon

* Location: Ohio Stadium (capacity, 101,568)

* TV: ESPN2 (with Pam Ward and Chris Spielman calling the action).

* 2002 Records: OSU, 14-0, 8-0 Big Ten (first); Northwestern, 3-9, 1-7 Big Ten (tied for 10th).

* 2003 Records, Rankings: OSU, 4-0, fourth in AP poll; Northwestern, 2-2, unranked.

* Coaches: OSU, Jim Tressel (third year at OSU, 25-5; 18th year overall, 160-62-2; vs. NU, 2-0); Northwestern, Randy Walker(fifth year at NU, 20-30; 14th year overall, 79-65-5; vs. OSU, 0-2).

* Series History: OSU leads 54-13-1.

* Northwestern Schedule: Aug. 30, at Kansas, W 28-20; Sept. 6, Air Force, L 22-21; Sept. 13, Miami (Ohio), L 44-14; Sept. 20, at Duke, W 28-10; Sept. 27, at Ohio State; Oct. 4, Minnesota; Oct. 11, at Indiana; Oct. 25, Wisconsin; Nov. 1, at Purdue; Nov. 8, Penn State; Nov. 15, Michigan; Nov. 22, at Illinois.

* Northwestern Key Players: QB Brett Basanez (65 of 117 passing, 756 yards, 1 TD, 5 INTs), TB Jason Wright (101 carries, 473 yards, 8 TDs), WR Roger Jordan (15 catches, 237 yards), WR Kunle Patrick (15 catches, 124 yards), WR Ashton Aikens (13 catches, 124 yards), WLB Tim McGarigle (31 tackles), S Marvin Ward (29 tackles, 1 INT), MLB Pat Durr (25 tackles, 2 sacks).

* Northwestern Fast Facts: Location, Evanston, Ill.; Enrollment, 7,700; Nickname, Wildcats; Colors, Purple and White; Stadium, Ryan Field (surface, grass; capacity, 47,130).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

QB 15 Scott McMullen (6-3, 215, Sr.) OR

16 Craig Krenzel (6-4, 225, Sr.)

SE 12 Michael Jenkins (6-5, 215, Sr.)

82 Roy Hall (6-3, 228, R-Fr.)

LT 77 Rob Sims (6-4, 305, So.)

74 Kirk Barton (6-6, 280, Fr.)

LG 63 Adrien Clarke (6-5, 330, Sr.)

64 Adam Olds (6-4, 290, So.)

C 55 Nick Mangold (6-4, 280, So.)

50 Doug Datish (6-5, 290, R-Fr.)

RG 79 Bryce Bishop (6-3, 312, Sr.)

66 Mike Kne (6-4, 300, Jr.)

RT 71 Shane Olivea (6-5, 320, Sr.)

68 Tim Schafer (6-5, 250, R-Fr.)

TE 88 Ben Hartsock (6-4, 264, Sr.)

80 Ryan Hamby (6-5, 240, So.)

FL 8 Drew Carter (6-4, 200, Sr.)

4 Santonio Holmes (5-11, 170, R-Fr.)

TB 28 Maurice Hall (5-11, 200, Jr.) OR

30 Lydell Ross (6-1, 210, Jr.)

FB 43 Brandon Schnittker (6-1, 250, So.)

91 Jason Bond (6-3, 240, Sr.)

K 85 Mike Nugent (5-10, 170, Jr.)

Ohio State Defense

DE 75 Simon Fraser (6-6, 265, Jr.)

98 Joel Penton (6-5, 265, R-Fr.)

DT 56 Darrion Scott (6-3, 280, Sr.)

94 Marcus Green (6-3, 290, So.)

DT 54 Tim Anderson (6-4, 289, Sr.)

90 Quinn Pitcock (6-3, 300, R-Fr.)

DE 93 Will Smith (6-4, 265, Sr.)

57 Mike Kudla (6-3, 275, So.)

WLB 47 A.J. Hawk (6-2, 230, So.)

41 Thomas Matthews (6-2, 210, Jr.)

MLB 46 Fred Pagac Jr. (6-1, 225, Sr.)

5 Mike D'Andrea (6-3, 240, So.)

SLB 44 Robert Reynolds (6-3, 242, Sr.)

42 Bobby Carpenter (6-3, 240, So.)

CB 37 Dustin Fox (6-0, 190, Jr.)

26 Ashton Youboty (6-1, 195, Fr.)

CB 7 Chris Gamble (6-2, 200, Jr.)

2 E.J. Underwood (6-1, 175, So.)

FS 32 Brandon Mitchell (6-3, 190, R-Fr.) or

21 Nate Salley (6-3, 205, So.)

SS 4 Will Allen (6-2, 190, Sr.)

6 Tyler Everett (6-1, 185, So.)

P 21 B.J. Sander (6-3, 212, Sr.)

Northwestern Offense

QB 14 Brett Basanez (6-2, 200, So.)

16 Alexander Webb (6-0, 195, Fr.)

TE 7 Ray Bogenrief (6-3, 260, Sr.)

39 Gilles Lezi (6-0, 240, Sr.)

LT 76 Trai Essex (6-4, 310, Jr.)

79 Rick McDole (6-6, 315, Fr.)

LG 60 Ikechuku Ndukwe (6-5, 315, Jr.)

54 Donnie Baskin (6-2, 295, Jr.)

C 64 Matt Ulrich (6-2, 310, Jr.)

50 Trevor Rees (6-2, 280, Fr.)

RG 65 Bill Newton (6-7, 315, Jr.)

61 Greg Lutzen (6-4, 295, So.)

RT 63 Zach Strief (6-7, 335, So.)

79 Rick McDole (6-6, 315, Fr.)

X 4 Roger Jordan (6-3, 215, Sr.)

82 Shaun Herbert (6-1, 185, Fr.)

H 80 Kunle Patrick (6-0, 215, Sr.)

9 Mark Phil more (5-10, 185, So.)

TB 18 Jason Wright (5-10, 215, Sr.)

33 Noah Herron (5-11, 235, Jr.)

Z 2 Ashton Aikens (6-2, 205, Jr.)

5 Brandon Horn (6-1, 215, So.)

K 15 Slade Larscheld (6-1, 200, Fr.)

Northwestern Defense

DE 67 Barry Cofield (6-5, 300, So.)

92 David Thompson (6-2, 265, So.)

DT 94 Luis Castillo (6-4, 305, Jr.)

53 Trevor Schultz (6-3, 270, Fr.)

DT 97 Colby Clark (6-2, 290, Jr.)

56 Ryan Keenan (6-4, 285, Fr.)

DE 66 Loren Howard (6-4, 280, So.)

95 DeMaris Wilson (6-4, 280, So.)

MLB 3 Pat Durr (6-1, 230, Sr.)

44 Erryn Cobb (6-1, 245, Fr.)

WLB 41 Tim McGarigle (6-1, 225, So.)

49 Doug Syzmul (6-0, 230, Sr.)

SLB 51 John Pickens (6-2, 245, Jr.)

45 Braden Jones (6-2, 250, So.)

FS 31 Marvin Ward (5-11, 205, Jr.)

21 Bryan Heinz (6-1, 205, Fr.)

SS 29 Torri Stuckey (5-11, 210, Sr.)

8 Dominique Price (6-0, 210, Jr.)

CB 20 Maurice Cole (5-9, 185, So.)

31 Marvin Ward (5-11, 205, Jr.)

CB 28 Jeff Backes (5-9, 180, So.)

6 Cory Dious (5-9, 170, Fr.)

P 99 Brian Huffman (6-1, 225, Jr.)

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: Ohio State made a positive first step toward running the ball effectively with its 205-yard showing against Bowling Green. With QB Craig Krenzel‘s status (elbow) up in the air, the Buckeyes could lean hard on the running game again this week. Northwestern ranks 70th nationally in rush defense (151.8 yards per game), numbers that are skewed a bit by Air Force‘s 270-yard showing in Week 2.

NU ranks 83rd nationally against the pass (242.5 yards per game) and in total defense (394.3). Three teams have thrown for over 200 yards against the Wildcats, led by Miami (Ohio) with 368. We know OSU won't approach that -- probably won't even have half as many as that -- but whether the QB is Krenzel or Scott McMullen, there should be yards there for the taking. OSU should exploit a height advantage at WR over the smaller NU CBs. The Wildcats only have 8 sacks in four games, but six of those came last week against sad sack Duke.

* When Northwestern Has The Ball: NU likes to spread the field, but still uses the running game with standout TB Jason Wright to set up the passing game. Wright has three 100-yard games this year. Unfortunately, the running game plays into OSU‘s hands as the Buckeyes are second nationally against the run (24.0 yards per game). QB Brett Basanez will throw the ball and he has several nice receivers to work with. NU is a respectable 35th nationally in total offense (424.0 yards per game).

* How It Will Go: Northwestern will try and establish the run and keep OSU off-balance with its spread attack. But this is nothing Ohio State has not seen, oh, four times already this year. The OSU defense will contain Wright and put the game in Basanez's hands. He can be effective if he has time, but again I think the OSU defensive front comes up big.

This game has Jim Tressel filibuster written all over it. With Krenzel, C Alex Stepanovich and possibly even DT Darrion Scott all hobbled, the Buckeyes just need to get in, get ahead, get out, get healthy and go up to Wisconsin in two weeks. On paper, it should not be that close -- I mean, Northwestern lost to Miami (Ohio) 44-14 two weeks ago. But the Wildcats will give OSU their best shot and the Buckeyes probably won't put this one away until late. I see Ohio State earning a fifth workmanlike win, defeating Northwestern 31-18.

-- Steve Helwagen

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