2019 Ohio State-Northwestern game moved to Friday, Oct. 18

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2019 Ohio State at Northwestern football game has been moved up one day to Friday, Oct. 18, per Northwestern’s official website.

News of the game move to Friday night was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, will be played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. The game will be played at night, and the exact time and television network will be determined at a later date.

Ohio State and Northwestern have met 77 times on the gridiron, most recently in the 2018 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 45-24 in that contest and now owns a 62-14-1 lead in the series.

Ohio State is scheduled to open the 2019 season at home on Saturday, Aug. 31 against the Florida Atlantic Owls. Other non-conference games for the Buckeyes include Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21, both in Columbus.

In addition to Northwestern, Ohio State will travel to take on Big Ten foes Indiana (Sept. 14), Nebraska (Sept. 28), Rutgers (Nov. 16), and Michigan (Nov. 30) in 2019. The Buckeyes will host Michigan State (Oct. 5), Wisconsin (Oct. 26), Maryland (Nov. 9), and Penn State (Nov. 23) in Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State’s two bye weeks in 2019 are Oct. 12 and Nov. 2..

Northwestern opens the 2019 season on the road at Stanford on Saturday, Aug, 31. The Wildcats also play non-conference contests at home against UNLV on Sept. 14 and UMass on Nov. 16.

Big Ten foes playing in Evanston in 2019 include Michigan State (Sept. 21), Iowa (Oct. 26), Purdue (Nov. 9), and Minnesota (Nov. 23), in addition to the Ohio State game.

Northwestern will travel to play Wisconsin (Sept 28), Nebraska (Oct. 5), Indiana (Nov. 2), and Illinois (Nov. 30).

The Wildcats have off weeks on Sept. 7 and Oct. 12.

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