- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Minnesota (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) at Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 23.

Series Record: Ohio State leads 43-7.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both teams have made critical changes. Minnesota will play its second game for interim head coach Travis Claeys since Jerry Kill resigned on Oct. 28 because of health reasons. The Gophers lost 29-26 to No. 16 Michigan last week. Top-ranked Ohio State’s starting quarterback J.T. Barrett serves a one-game, team-imposed suspension after being cited on a misdemeanor of driving while impaired last week. Cardale Jones returns to the role he held the first seven games.

KEY MATCHUP

Jones will face an experienced secondary led by cornerbacks Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. The Gophers rank 16th nationally in passing yards allowed (176.3) and only once since 2011 (Nebraska in 2012) have they given up more than 300 yards passing to a Big Ten team. Minnesota will try to force Jones to throw and how well he responds with the occasional deep ball will determine the effectiveness of that strategy.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Minnesota: Quarterback Mitch Leidner passed for a career-high 317 yards in the loss to Michigan and has 22 career TD passes along with 21 rushing touchdowns in 30 games.

Ohio State: Running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the Big Ten and is fifth nationally with 141.3 yards per game and has rushed for 100-plus yards in 13 straight games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ohio State has won 21 in a row and with a win would tie the NCAA mark of 29 straight regular-season conference wins set by the 1992-95 Florida State teams in the ACC. . Jalen Myrick leads the Gophers with three interceptions. . Minnesota is 3-21 in Columbus with the only victory in Ohio Stadium since 1949 coming in 2000 (29-17).

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