- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Northern Illinois (2-0) at Ohio State (2-0) 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Ohio State by 34.

Series Record: Ohio State leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Urban Meyer is 40-3 at Ohio State, including winning the College Football Playoff championship in January. Northern Illinois has been successful recently, too. The Huskies and Oregon are the only schools with 11 or more victories in each of the past five seasons.



KEY MATCHUP

Northern Illinois quarterback Drew Hare against Ohio State’s All-American defensive end Joey Bosa. Hare has thrown for 718 yards and six touchdowns without an interception and has rushed 16 times for 64 yards. Bosa had two tackles (one solo) in his debut last week vs. Hawaii after being suspended for the Virginia Tech game. He had a sack vs. Hawaii negated because of a penalty.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Northern Illinois: Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is averaging 27.8 yards a catch and is second nationally in receiving yards per game (178.5).

Ohio State: Running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for three touchdowns and 101 yards against Hawaii, the seventh straight time he’s gone over the century mark.

FACTS & FIGURES

Hare became the first Huskies quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games since NIU became an FBS program in 1969. He had 360 yards against UNLV and 358 vs. Murray State. … Ohio State had a streak of 24 straight games with a touchdown pass stopped by Hawaii to prevent setting a school record. … The Buckeyes have a rushing TD in 25 consecutive games. . Northern Illinois has won five of the past eight games against Big Ten schools.

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