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The wind for Ohio State-Northwestern is going to be ridiculous

It’s real breezy in the Windy City. How will it affect today’s nooner at Ryan Field?

C.J. Stroud of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up prior to the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on November 05, 2022 in Evanston, Illinois. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes are set to kick off its road matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats shortly and the wind at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL, is already ridiculous.

Yeah, those poor kickers are going to be in for a rough, rough day.

Several parts of the Midwest and Great Plains are experiencing high winds today and that’s certainly going to play a factor in several college football games like this one. The current forecast at Ryan Field reads 25 MPH wind gusts at the moment and even that may be underselling how windy it is considering none of those pregame kicks came even close to hitting the mark.

One has to wonder if this will affect the play of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is currently second on the DraftKings Sportsbook Heisman Trophy odds board. We saw Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers struggle under extreme windy conditions against Oklahoma State a few weeks back and Stroud’s accuracy could take a hit this afternoon.

The total for this game opened at 63, but because of the conditions it’s been bet down to 55. Ohio State remains a 38-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.