ESPN presents College Gameday will be live from Evanston, Ill. during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season. Big Ten rivals will clash, as the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to play the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats.
It's safe to say Northwestern is ready for College Gameday to take Evanston by storm:
Whenever ESPN presents College Gameday hits the road, a memorable game seems to follow. Just last week, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the LSU Tigers 44-41 in a matchup that's already being praised as the game of the year.
Kirk Herbstreit is preparing for another battle that could rival the thrilling SEC clash.
Here's what to watch for.
National Title Outlook
A number of undefeated, ranked teams remain entering Week 6, and a majority of those squads will be in action. From No. 1 to No. 25, each of the squads participating in this week's festivities will have the opportunity to either build upon or shatter its respective title dreams.
Some of those squads are even playing one another.
Outside of Ohio State versus Northwestern, the most notable matchups are the No. 15 Washington Huskies against No. 5 Stanford Cardinal and No. 25 Maryland Terrapins against No. 8 Florida State Seminoles. All four teams are undefeated and each could shake up the Top 25 with a win.
One way or another, contenders will emerge and pretenders will be exposed.
Led by running back Bishop Sankey, Washington is currently 4-0 with signature wins over the Arizona Wildcats, Boise State Broncos and Illinois Fighting Illini. Stanford will counter Sankey with running back Tyler Gaffney, who has helped lead the Cardinal to a 4-0 start of their own.
When it's all said and done, the Pac-12 North will be reshaped.
In the ACC, Maryland looks to build upon its 4-0 start after shutting out West Virginia 37-0 in its most recent game. Florida State and freshman phenom Jameis Winston will look to move to 5-0 with a win against its toughest test yet.
In the end, the ACC Atlantic Division will be given clarity on which teams will be contending.
Other Top 25 games to keep an eye on include No. 6 Georgia at Tennessee, Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan, Georgia Tech at the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes and No. 22 Arizona State versus Notre Dame. Each one of those games features either an undefeated team, an established title contender or a squad looking to continue winning big games.
The ranked teams may be favored, but each one of them faces a potential upset threat.
In the game of the week, No. 4 Ohio State will meet No. 16 Northwestern in Evanston. This game will go a long way towards shaping both the Big Ten and national championship pictures, as both squads look to continue their undefeated seasons.
Unfortunately, only one can remain unbeaten. The numbers certainly favor Ohio State.
During Week 6, expect the Buckeyes to continue that trend.
Northwestern is a fine football team and should be nothing short of competitive when the Buckeyes come to town. Behind a balanced rushing attack that will return Venric Mark, who ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, Northwestern has the opportunity to do the unthinkable.
Just remember that Northwestern isn't the only team that has struggled to beat Ohio State.
Dating back to 2012 the Buckeyes have won 17 consecutive games, going undefeated in 2012 and 5-0 in 2013. In his first game back from a three-week injury absence, quarterback Braxton Miller threw four touchdown passes to lead Ohio State to a gritty Week 5 win over the Wisconsin Badgers.
This game established Ohio State as a legitimate contender, as it defeated one of the better teams in all of college football. Northwestern has quality wins as well, but Ohio State is the first true test of the season for the rising squad.
With a battle-tested quarterback, an athletic defense and a head coach that has built a legacy out of winning big games, the Buckeyes will emerge victorious in a sure-to-be entertaining battle.
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