Ohio State vs. Illinois Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Ohio State vs. Illinois fearless prediction and game preview.
Ohio State (8-2) vs. Illinois (2-8) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Now it’s all about looking the part.
The Buckeyes will win the East and play Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship with a win over the Illini – the Michigan game won’t matter; OSU takes the tie-breakers over the Wolverines, Michigan State and Penn State – but it’s about more than that.
OSU ripped apart Michigan State, it has to destroy Illinois, and then it has to crank it up against Michigan and Wisconsin to throw its hat into the College Football Playoff ring.
When it’s on, it might be the best team in college football – when it’s on.
It has to avoid the Iowa braincramp and roll in the home finale against an Illinois team looking for its first Big Ten win of the season.
2007 was the last Illinois win in the series. It’ll take something epic to change that.
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
The Illini offensive line doesn’t stand a chance.
The Buckeye NFL defensive front hasn’t always stepped on the gas for a full 60 minutes, but when it hammers it, game over.
After a rough Iowa game, the Buckeye front four lived behind the Michigan State line with six sacks and nine tackles for loss, allowing 64 rushing yards.
Good luck with that, Illinois.
Indiana spent last week stomping on Jeff George’s head, coming up with eight sacks and ten tackles for loss.
The Buckeyes might do that in the first half if they turn it on.
One Reason Why Illinois Will Win
Can Illinois somehow turn it loose and start coming up with turnovers right away?
The defense has only come up with one takeaway in each of the last three games, but it was able to keep things close forcing three turnovers against Minnesota and Rutgers. It generated multiple takeaways in five games, and it has to somehow hope the Iowa game Buckeyes decide to show up and play sloppy from the start.
Are they looking ahead to Michigan? Do they think they can just show up after beating Michigan State? Illinois needs kick returns, takeaways, and a whole slew of massive breaks to keep this close.
What’s Going To Happen
Ohio State is going to keep it all going.
The team that showed up against Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers – winning all of them by 42 points or more – will turn it on from the opening drive again.
Illinois is about to run into a buzzsaw. Chalk it up to a learning experience for the young team.
Ohio State vs. Illinois Prediction
Ohio State 48, Illinois 10
Ohio State -40, o/u: 56
5: KFC fried chicken-scented bath bomb
1: “short and fat” … 2.5
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