Presser Notes: Bracing for Buckeyes

Pat Fitzgerald, Tyler Scott, Kain Colter, Tony Jones and Damien Proby met with the media in advance of Saturday's Ohio State matchup.

Brandon Vitabile earned offensive player of the week honors following the Maine game. Despite the lethargic outing from Northwestern's guards and tackles, Vitabile held strong in the middle. He's done an admirable job leading the unit.

Pat Fitzgerald made no promises as they involved Venric Mark. Fitzgerald said that with a strong week of practice, his star running back might be involved "in some capacity." This follows his strong outings last Tuesday and Wednesday, so we'll monitor his workouts closely.

— "Our goals aren't to be cute… Our goals are to be champions. We've taken a couple of steps in that direction during my time." Since his first meeting against Ohio State, a 45-10 loss, the program has been able to make significant strides.

— Fitzgerald said Sean McEvilly is day-to-day with a lower body injury. McEvilly stands as the team's best and perhaps most game-experienced defensive tackle. Chance Carter, Will Hampton, C.J. Robbins and even Max Chapman might be counted on to fill the void.

— "They could very easily be the No. 1 team in the country," Fitzgerald said of Ohio State. He's still a proponent of beginning rankings systems after conference play begins. He went on to praise the Buckeyes' offensive game planning—and for good reason. OSU holds the nation's longest active FBS winning streak at 17 games.

— Northwestern watched the Wisconsin-OSU matchup in the team room on Saturday night. Kain Colter admitted he was cheering for the Buckeyes "so we could get GameDay." The starting quarterback also admitted he "circled" the game on his schedule.

Tony Jones on student support: "Everyone's excited about GameDay... Everyone is so excited about this game. It's really good for the community, the school, just to be so excited and supporting our football team."

Tyler Scott on Braxton Miller: "He can score from anywhere on the field. We have to be gap disciplined and disciplined across the front. We have to keep him in front of us and have great swarm, with everyone flying to the ball and getting after him."

— Northwestern announced that its Oct. 12 game at Wisconsin will be televised on ABC at 2:30 p.m. CT.


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