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The Wildcats’ two quarterbacks, Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian, have combined to complete 69 percent of their passes with no interceptions. Colter has not been picked off in 137 pass attempts since the 2011 opener.

Northwestern opened with three straight wins over BCS opponents _ Syracuse (road), Vanderbilt and Boston College _ and last week scored on four of its first five possession to start a 38-7 win over FCS-level South Dakota.

“As we go into Big Ten play, we expect to win games and win the conference,” Colter said. “We are not going to get too high when we have success. We are just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Ohio State, with four wins in four home games, is right where everyone expected as it heads into conference play at Michigan State.

Quarterback Braxton Miller carried a disproportionate load the first two games, and coach Urban Meyer said the offense needs to become more diverse. The Buckeyes’ defense ranks last in the Big Ten.

“That’s very alarming,” Meyer said. “That’s not Ohio State defense over the last 10 years. Last year was not great, but the previous years were as good as there is in the country. That’s something that has to change real fast.”