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Ohio State blew out Northwestern, but let’s nitpick with analytics anyway

Ohio State’s 52-3 win over Northwestern was a more dominant performance than I expected heading in to the game — something I’ve thought every week since week 1.

No one gave (or should have given) Northwestern’s offense much of a chance to do anything, but there was still a world where the Wildcats make the game ugly enough to put the game in doubt for a little while. While the Wildcats’ defense did find some success in the first half, crazy third down efficiency, amazing red zone passing, and several very explosive runs ensured a blowout.