EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - No. 4 Ohio State visits No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday night in a game that features one team looking to extend the nation's longest active win streak and another seeking that signature victory.
The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big) have won 17 straight since dropping four in a row to close out the 2011 season and are eyeing a national championship after going undefeated in coach Urban Meyer's first year.
However, they were banned from a bowl game in 2012 because of NCAA sanctions stemming from the tattoo scandal.
Now they're coming off a 31-24 win over Wisconsin, and they're staring at another big hurdle, a team that wants to show it can beat the best in the Big Ten.
A win over the Buckeyes would do just that for the Wildcats (4-0, 0-0).