Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illlini prediction and game preview.
Ohio State vs Illinois Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 28
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
Ohio State (4-0) vs Illinois (2-3) Game Preview
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Why Ohio State Will Win
You don’t think Ohio State will be a wee bit motivated to show that the near-collapse against Indiana was an aberration?
The Buckeyes might have struggled late, but they were sloppy, there were too many mistakes, and they still ended up putting 42 points on the board in the win.
The offense is still the most explosive in the Big Ten, it got Master Teague and the running game rolling, and for all of the problems last week defensively, the pass rush was strong and the run D stifling.
The defensive front hasn’t been a brick wall throughout the season, but IU finished with -1 net yards on the ground – there was nowhere to go.
Yes, Justin Fields made a few bad decisions, and yes, he threw three interceptions, but he also ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and threw for 300 yards and two scores.
He’s still pretty good.
Why Illinois Will Win
All of a sudden, the Illinois running game is rolling.
It ripped up Rutgers for 338 yards, hit Nebraska for 285 yards, and the team has found something in junior Chase Brown, who ran for 131 yards against the Scarlet Knights and followed it up with 110 yards and two scores against Nebraska.
It also helps to have Brandon Peters back, a veteran quarterback who was banged up in the loss to Wisconsin, missed three games, and returned to hit 72% of his passes for 205 yards and a score with a rushing touchdown against the Huskers. He’s not going to be Michael Penix and throw for 491 yards and five scores, but the Ohio State secondary has been a problem.
Indiana WR Ty Fryfogle went off for seven catches for 218 yards and three scores. This is the game for Illinois WR Josh Imatorbhebhe to have a turn and finally have his breakout game – he’ll at least get his chances.
What’s Going To Happen
Illinois has played well over the last few weeks and blew past 440 yards in total offense in three of its last four games. Ohio State, though, will look to tighten up and make a statement defensively.
Fields will make amends for last week’s mistakes, the D will be solid against the run – but won’t be air tight – and the Buckeyes will win their tenth straight in the series and 13th in the last 14 meetings.
Ohio State vs Illinois Prediction, Line
Ohio State 44, Illinois 17
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Must See Rating: 3
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