In a flip of the standard script, the Fighting Illini are 6-0 after last weekend’s victory over Indiana, while Ohio State is 3-3 and just completed a disheartening 2nd half collapse at Nebraska. The Buckeyes are reeling right now, with a new inexperienced coach, quarterback problems, and the still looming but unlikely possibility of more NCAA sanctions. But, as anyone in the Big 10 can tell you, athlete for athlete, they are still at the top of the conference for talent. I don’t follow the Vegas lines, but if I did I’d keep a close eye on this one. Illinois might be favored this game, but not in my book.
OSU will welcome the return of running back Dan Herron after the whole bling-for-tattoos scandal that cost Jim Tressel his job and sent Terrell Pryor to the NFL. They will also be desperate for a win having dropped two in a row. For them, it seems to come down to whether or not and how well freshman quarterback Braxton Miller can play. The Bucks looked pretty good before he sprained his ankle, and pretty awful after he went down. OSU will try to control the line of scrimmage and run as much as possible. They will sit around and wait for the Orange and Blue to make those trademark mistakes… Continue reading