Illiniois’ 17-7 loss to Ohio State was the first of the year, but with schedule shifting towards the perilous and the team continuing to make the same kinds of mistakes, it surely won’t be the last. This game was there for the taking. The Buckeyes weren’t very good, completing a single pass on the day (albeit for a touchdown), but the Illini were worse. Coach Luke Fickell seemed to be following the script of earlier foes: play it close and vanilla and wait for Illinois to screw up. Which is just what happened.
Across the street, Bruce Weber’s basketball team opened practice before the game with an open scrimmage. Expectations are low to middling, with lots of new players, a transfer point guard who has health issues (Sam Maniscalco), and a highly athletic but inexperience center in Myers Leonard. Swingman Brandon Paul figures to be the go-to guy on offense, but the team will stress defense first and attempt to ratchet up the pressure. Hey – they should be an interesting group to watch. The schedule is soft, and if they can win some close games they could be OK; if not, Bruce already has his excuses ready to go.
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