By Matt Natali
It almost reads like a script from the classic television show The Twilight Zone.
Ohio State and Northwestern share some odd similarities, respectively, leading up to this matchup and it is enough make anyone with a pulse do a double-take:
• Both teams only have played one road game this season.
• Both those road games were against California. Ohio State and Northwestern upended the Golden Bears on their respective West Coast swings.
• Both teams faced California with their starting quarterbacks sidelined due to injury. Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller was inactive due to a sprained knee suffered the previous week against San Diego State and Northwestern senior signal caller Kain Colter exited the Cal game with a game-ending concussion during the first offensive series.
• Buckeyes' fifth-year senior captain Kenny Guiton and Wildcats junior Trevor Siemian each tallied exactly 276 yards passing against Cal in their backup roles, respectively.
• Ohio State starting running back Carlos Hyde was benched against Cal while serving a three-game suspension and Northwestern senior ball-toter Venric Mark was on the shelf with a leg injury suffered in the preseason.
• The Cal offense compiled over 500 offensive yards in both games.
Moreover — and probably most importantly — both teams boasts zeros in the loss column for the 2013 campaign. It is the first time both schools have been undefeated entering a match-up against each other since 1940.