Shannon Ryan: What’s on the line when Northwestern faces Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game? Respect — and maybe a good steakhouse meal.

Asked about the possibility of beating Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game Saturday, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald imagined the celebratory aftermath. “It would be a hell of a ride home on I-65,” he said with a chuckle. On second thought … “Is St. Elmo open?” he asked, referring to the Indianapolis steakhouse with its famous spicy cocktail sauce. “I might stay.” Of course, these Fitz-isms are ways to take some of the pressure off the Wildcats or delving into just how significant upsetting the Buckeyes would be. Ohio State is the Big Ten’s gold star. The Buckeyes (5-0), listed as 20…

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