No. 4 Ohio State can put an end to any skepticism about its College Football Playoff merits with a resounding win over No. 14 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.
The Buckeyes (5-0) have been the focus of the college football world for holding onto the fourth and final position in the Playoff despite having played just two games in the last five weeks. The Big Ten had to amend its policy requiring teams to play at least six games in order to qualify for the title game, helping to ensure the conference would have a better chance at securing a playoff berth should Ohio State win on Saturday.
It’ll be far from easy for the Buckeyes, who must face a stout defense that ranks second in the FBS, limiting opponents to just 14.6 points per game. Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats (6-1) have just a lone slip-up to Michigan State this season and will be playing in their second Big Ten Championship in the last three years.
Ohio State is led by Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Justin Fields. Fields has passed for 1,407 yards and rushed for an additional 239 behind what is arguably the best offensive line in the league. He has the Big Ten’s most fearsome pass-catching duo, as well, in the form of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave who rank No. 1 and 2 respectively in the conference for receiving yards.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Ohio State vs. Northwestern on Saturday, including kickoff time, TV channels and more.
What channel is Ohio State vs. Northwestern on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV
Ohio State vs. Northwestern will be broadcast live on Fox starting at 12 p.m. ET. Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson are on the call.
Ohio State vs. Northwestern start time
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 19
- Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
The matchup between the Buckeyes and Wildcats is set to begin at noon. Viewers can stick around for the Mountain West Championship on Fox between Boise State and No. 24 San Jose State.
Ohio State football schedule 2020
|8||Oct. 24||Ohio State 52, Nebraska 17|
|9||Oct. 31||Ohio State 35, Penn State 25|
|10||Nov. 7||Ohio State 49, Rutgers 27|
|11||Nov. 14||at Maryland (canceled)|
|12||Nov. 21||Ohio State 42, Indiana 35|
|13||Nov. 28||vs. Illinois (canceled)|
|14||Dec. 5||Ohio State 52, Michigan State 12|
|15||Dec. 12||vs. Michigan (canceled)|
|16||Dec. 19||vs. Northwestern|
Northwestern football schedule 2020
|8||Oct. 24||Northwestern 43, Maryland 3|
|9||Oct. 31||Northwestern 21, Iowa 20|
|10||Nov. 7||Northwestern 21, Nebraska 13|
|11||Nov. 14||Northwestern 27, Purdue 20|
|12||Nov. 21||Northwestern 17, Wisconsin 7|
|13||Nov. 28||Michigan State 29, Northwestern 20|
|14||Dec. 5||at Minnesota (canceled)|
|15||Dec. 12||Northwestern 28, Illinois 10|
|16||Dec. 19||at Ohio State|