"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Overall, both teams looked good but not elite (top ten). For those who did not see the game, Northwestern lost the game when they fumbled the snap on a 4th and 1 late in the 4th qtr in Ohio territory down 3 points with around 2 minutes remaining.
Offensively, Carlos Hyde is the best RB in the big ten. He was unstoppable in this game and is why Ohio won. Braxton Miller was dangerous when breaking containment. We should consider using the "Alabama vs Denard" defense against Braxton to keep him in the pocket. Braxton was inaccurate and forced some throws when in the pocket and much more comfortable running and throwing on the run.
Defensively, they had major issues in the secondary. Northwestern receivers were routinely wide open and would routinely break the first tackle after a catch. They had an okay pass rush and was okay stopping the straigth ahead run.
Offensitvely, Vendric Mark is tlikely the second best RB in the big ten. Northwestern throws him bubble screens, lets him return kicks/punts and a lot of speed options. Trevor Simien was the QB most of the way and was very accurate when given time in the pocket. However, he seemed unable to recognize/handle the blitz in several key situations.
Defensively, they're Northwestern. Their defensive line was pushed back, they couldn't tackle Hyde, and Braxton missed a lot of open receivers. They did have an okay pass rush and forced a few of the Ohio turnovers.