After coming out and stomping Michigan at home last week, The Ohio State Buckeyes wanted to finish their quest of earning their second straight Big Ten title against Northwestern at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the game against the Wildcats, a decisive 45-24 win, Ohio State opened as 13-point favorites, with the spread jumping to 14, before settling at 14.5 to 15-poindts at kickoff. The Buckeyes obviously covered that spread and then some, giving the Wildcats their worst defeat of the season.
Now that the regular season is complete, Ohio State has learned their post-season fate. They will take on ninth ranked Washington, the Pac-12 champions, in The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. The Buckeyes are hoping to move to 13-1 on the season with a victory in that game, and they’re supposed to do just that as Ohio State has opened as 4-point favorites against the Huskies.
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Washington enters this game at 10-3 overall, having just defeated Utah to earn the Pac-12 title. They started the year a bit slowly, losing to Auburn in week two, and then to Oregon in early October, before their third loss came against Cal in late October. The Huskies were 6-3 at that point and looked down and out, but rallied to win four straight, including an upset over rival Washington State in the Apple Cup, to earn a trip to Santa Clara, where they beat the Utes 10-3 this past Friday.
Ohio State and Washington have met 11 times in their histories, dating back to 1957. The Buckeyes currently lead the series with 8 wins to Washington’s 3 wins, with the Scarlet and Gray having won the last three contests.
The two teams last met in 2007, with the Buckeyes earning a 33-14 victory in Seattle. That was the back end of a home and home that started in 2003, when OSU beat UW 28-9 in Ohio Stadium. Other games included 1995 (OSU 30-20), 1994 (UW 25-16), 1993 (OSU 21-12), 1986 (UW 40-7), 1969 (OSU 41-14), 1966 (UW 38-22), 1965 (OSU 23-21), 1958 (OSU 12-7), and 1957 (OSU 35-7).
Will the Buckeyes be able to finish their season off on a high note and show the playoff committee they made the wrong choice? Or will Washington continue their hot streak to end the 2018 campaign, and start the new year by advancing to 11-3? We’ll find out on New Year’s Day.
OHIO STATE 2018 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 1 – Oregon State (Ohio State 77, Oregon State 31)
Saturday, Sept. 8 – Rutgers (Ohio State 52, Rutgers 3)
Saturday, Sept. 15 – vs TCU in Arlington, Texas (Ohio State 40, TCU 28)
Saturday, Sept. 22 – Tulane (Ohio State 49, Tulane 6)
Saturday, Sept. 29 – at Penn State (Ohio State 27, Penn State 26)
Saturday, Oct. 6 – Indiana (Ohio State 49, Indiana 26)
Saturday, Oct. 13 – Minnesota (Ohio State 30, Minnesota 14)
Saturday, Oct. 20 – at Purdue (Purdue 49, Ohio State 20)
Saturday, Nov. 3 – Nebraska (Ohio State 36, Nebraska 31)
Saturday, Nov. 10 – at Michigan State (Ohio State 26, Michigan State 6)
Saturday, Nov. 17 – at Maryland (Ohio State 52, Maryland 51)
Saturday, Nov. 24 – Michigan (Ohio State 62, Michigan 39)
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game (Ohio State 45, Northwestern 21)
Tuesday, Jan. 1 – The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual vs. Washington (5 PM EST, ESPN)