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Ohio State's Olave among 22 players out vs. Northwestern

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Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave is among 22 players sidelined for Saturday's Big Ten title game against Northwestern, the school announced Saturday.

The Buckeyes will also be down linebacker Baron Browning and punter Drue Chrisman. The team didn't provide an official reason for the absences but Chrisman confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19.

Olave has been a frequent target for quarterback Justin Fields this season. The receiver leads the team in receptions (36) and is second only to Garrett Wilson in receiving yards.

Wilson, who has recorded 572 receiving yards and five touchdowns, will likely see more targets with Olave out.

The 5-0 Buckeyes will look to hold on to their place in the College Football Playoff ranking with a victory in the Big Ten championship game.

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