- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Western Michigan (1-2) at No. 1 Ohio State (3-0) 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Ohio State by 31.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ohio State can win its 17th straight game and second in as many weeks against a Mid-American Conference team after the No. 1 Buckeyes last week defeated Northern Illinois, 20-13. Western Michigan has the unique opportunity to compare the nation’s top two ranked teams, having lost to No. 2 Michigan State 37-24 at home to start the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman vs. Ohio State CBs Eli Apple and Gareon Conley. Braverman leads the NCAA with 13.3 catches per game and his 132.7 receiving yards is the sixth best average. He had 14 catches for 167 yards last week vs. Murray State. He will test an Ohio State defense that has allowed fewer than 100 yards passing in each of the past two games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Western Michigan: QB Zach Terrell is tied for 10th nationally with 947 passing yards and has a completion rate of 70.7 percent with five interceptions. He threw for 365 yards against a good Michigan State defense.

Ohio State: All eyes are on QB Cardale Jones, who was pulled for J.T. Barrett in the second quarter vs. Northern Illinois after throwing two interceptions. Coach Urban Meyer is sticking with Jones and said the problem is that the entire offense is “in a funk.”

FACTS & FIGURES

Both coaches are former Ohio State graduate assistants. Broncos coach P.J. Fleck got his start in coaching under Jim Tressel in 2006 when the Buckeyes reached the BCS championship game. Among wide receivers he worked with is current NFL players Ted Ginn Jr. and Brian Hartline. . Meyer was a GA for Earle Bruce in 1986-87. . Two Western Michigan special team players have ties to central Ohio: P J. Schroeder is a Columbus native and long snapper Wyatt Pfeifer is from nearby Delaware. .Ohio State is 31-1 all-time vs. MAC opponents.


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