Illinois @ Ohio State Predictions

Illinois @ Ohio State Predictions

MY PREDICTION

#6 OHIO STATE 42       ILLINOIS 10

Nothing like traveling to Columbus when you're in the middle of a five game losing streak. Illinois needs to win out if they want to make a bowl game. That means that have to pull off a massive upset. They've done it before. I'm sure most of you remember where you were back on that November day in 2007. I was at Boston's with a few friends to watch the game, enjoying one of my favorite pizzas of all time, the Ultimate Pepperoni. I'm still upset that place closed because I miss the heck out of that pizza. I remember going nuts when Juice Williams was able to run out the clock in the fourth quarter to give Illinois the 28-21 win. That was a great day. However, I don't see that happening again here.

Ohio State has played well under new coach Urban Meyer. I didn't think they would be 8-0 and ranked 6th in the AP Poll. A lot of their success is because of the unbelievable play by QB Braxton Miller. He has tallied 24 touchdowns, 12 each passing and running, and has over 2,500 yards of total offense, with more than 1,000 of those rushing. As a sophomore, he has emerged into the Heisman talks. With 198 pass attempts and 166 rush attempts, there's no doubt that stopping him should be the focal point. However, I feel like knowing what to do won't matter and Ohio State will have no problem and put up points at the same rate Michigan did.

Offensively, Illinois won't be able to keep up, but they might be able to score some points. Ohio State has allowed at least 22 points in each of their last four games, including the 49 they allowed to Indiana. It will have to be a mistake free game for Sheelhaase and company, but that has been difficult for this team to do.

Illinois' only hope is for the Buckeyes to focus on their final two games as they close out the season with Wisconsin and Michigan. Compared to those two, Illinois can be forgotten about. If that's the case, Illinois could sucker punch OSU and come away with one of the biggest upsets of the season. Like I said though, Illionis will have to play mistake free, and I just don't feel like this team can do that. Look for the Buckeyes to become the nations first 10 win team.

What do you guys think? Do the Illini come out of nowhere and pull off the upset, or does Illinois eliminate themselves from bowl contention? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below.

Also, I have one pair of men's basketball tickets confirmed as a prize. Those will go to whoever wins the prediction standings this year. A number of you are still in the running so keep predicting! I'm trying to figure out if I have a second pair, but as of now I think I just have one. I will hopefully have more details on which game those tickets are for in the near future. Talk to you guys after the Saturday.

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Brutus gets an early start on his calisthenics ahead of Saturday's game against Illinois.  He is planning on doing a lot of pushups.  Let's hope the Illini defense has different ideas.

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Tom Young wrote on November 01, 2012 at 5:11 am
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WLSILLNI's Prediction:

Ohio State 45     Illinois 9

illini82 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 6:11 am

This team is broken and Beckman can't fix it. We do manage to score a meaningless TD against OSU's 3rd string in the 4th qtr.


OSU: 45


IL:       7

tonyjb37 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 6:11 am
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Illini SUCKS! Plain and simple.        Ohio State 56          Illinois 7        

Dan Bloeme wrote on November 01, 2012 at 2:11 pm
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That sounds about right, maybe worse.

OSU Bucknuts 63

Illinois Illini  3

 

In an interview this week Urban Meyer was careful to say that to him Tim Beckman's Dad will always be the "real Coach Beckman". Interesting comment. Beckman like Zook probably was a better assistant than either of them ever was a head coach. Maybe not even that great an assistant. As Urban moved on to Utah Beckman wasn't included, Yeah Timmie says he chose to remain behind, but truth is Meyer upgraded his staff. Beckman hasn't really performed spectacularly or  exceptionally anywhere he's worked. Average to mediocre performance at best. At Toledo, his 21-16 record with no division or conference titles speaks volumes. This year with Beckman gone, Toledo's team defense is much better but now Illini defense is worse with Beckman here. hmmmmmmm . .  tell me why again was he hired?

touchdown_illinois wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 am

OSU 45
Illini 10

Bring on basketball season!!

mayer773 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 am

Illini 24

OSU 21

buckhunter2 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 am

ohio st      49

 ill              6

Bwp 5P wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 am

Buckeyes 51

Illini 7

Worra_89 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 am

tOSU: 52

Illini:7

Uggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh.  Just wait til next year!

wdallen wrote on November 02, 2012 at 9:11 am

Yeah, you're dead on.  Next year is probably gonna be even worse, which is hard to fathom...

blmillini wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 am

I think this could be much worse but it really depends on which OSU team shows up.  Unfortunately, we are almost guaranteed to be bad.

Ohio State - 49

Illinois - 7

Pretty said when you're thinking this is a conservative prediction.

JoeK82 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 am

OSU 49


ILLINI 7


 


 

geriatricillini wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 am

Illini    10

Buckeyes   47

Urban could score 60 in this game, but will ease off on an old pal in the 4thQ.....

mvillini wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 am

Like I mentioned several weeks ago, the Illinin have won their last game for this year.The Buckeyes will prevail 49 - 14.

just_wondering wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 am

OSU 71

Illinois 0

On their 10th consecutive touchdown drive, OSU will go for 2!

 

wilson577 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 am

OSU 42


Ill 17

Moonpie wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 am

Tom, do you somehow think Illinois hasn't already pooched being bowl eligible?

Tom Young wrote on November 02, 2012 at 1:11 am
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If the Illini were to finish the season on a four game winning streak to finish 6-6, do they make a bowl game?  No question about it.  It would be hard to keep a team on a hot streak, and bowl eligible, out of a bowl game, especially since there are about 100 bowl games out there.  Do I think the Illini will win out to get to 6-6?......No.

illiniearl wrote on November 01, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ohio State 59

Illini 14

bluk5 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ohio State 49


 


Illinois 0

aaeismacgychel wrote on November 01, 2012 at 11:11 am

I'm feeling optimistic and I think the final score will look a lot better than our play would indicate. Let's go with

OSU: 55
ILL: 7

Eric 22 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 12:11 pm

OSU-35  Illlini-0

DaisyJ wrote on November 01, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The DaisyJ is finally weighing in ..and what a statement.  OH  31, U of I.......??? 24

Yes that close, they will be up, and not listening to any coaches.  Almost an upset.

penniless wrote on November 01, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Meyers and OSU will win big.Favored by 17.5,but that is a laugh.  OSU  44     Ilini     3   First down  5 times--  kicking game 7 times.---OSU  44  Illin  3 no end-zone time for  Illini

bookworm24 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Ohio State 42

Illinois  3

dave1956 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Ohio State 57

ILLINOIS      3

dealmaker21 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Illini 7

tOSU 42

 

We've heard all the excuses.  It's all about the point spread now.  The rankings for W/L are set, since there will be no more W this year. 

Better to start a prediction/over/under on number of fans in the seats at each remaining home game.

 

jruss62 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Illini - 6


OST - 45

ILLINI04 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 5:11 pm

OHIO ST--43

 

ILLINI-17

Reillini wrote on November 01, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I N I


OSU-48


Illini-10


I'm still looking for some improvement in any part of this team. I will still buy my season tickets but its getting harder to actually go.


As Always Go Illini

mbranh559 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Ohio State 41

Illinois 6

CecilColeman wrote on November 01, 2012 at 7:11 pm

 

Ohio State...........51

Illini......................13

"Pass the porridge, please"

drcc4 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Illini   10

Buckeyes  38

Maybe next week...

mdonsbach wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 pm

OSU - 48

Illinois - 3

Bear8287 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I-N-I...

"Like I said though, Illionis will have to play mistake free..."

Please tell me that you did that on purpose (even if you didn't).  Too funny!  Best laugh I had all day.

Go Illioni!... I mean Illini!

Tom Young wrote on November 02, 2012 at 1:11 am
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Bear, I wish I could take credit for this bit of failed spelling genius, but I can't.  I missed this when I read through the entry before posting.  I thought about fixing it, but seeing how hilarious it turned out, I'm just going to leave it.  Glad I was able to give you a good chuckle, lol. 

den85 wrote on November 01, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Buckeyes 52

Practice Squad 7

Railsplitter wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 pm

OSU----- 45--------ILLINI--0

ehsfan wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 pm

tOSU 56 Illinois 3

pblillini wrote on November 01, 2012 at 10:11 pm

This one won't be for the faint at heart.....

tOSU - 52

Lifeless Illini - 0

Could be a lot worse but Meyer will call off the dogs on his old pal Timmy B.

wdallen wrote on November 02, 2012 at 9:11 am

Buckin' Tattoos 45


Illini 14

walker wrote on November 02, 2012 at 9:11 am

Bucks  47   ILL  6

PeterE wrote on November 02, 2012 at 10:11 am

My heart says Urban will call of his dogs and spare Beckman even more humiliation but my head says Urban will think screw Beckman, won't bridle his team and will let them play on:

OSU 70

ILL 6

bernies wrote on November 03, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I don't think Urban will show much mercy. It's not in OSU's best interests to play too close to a team as bad as Illinois...

Bart34 wrote on November 02, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ohio State 56

Illini 6 

 

I don't think we will see the end zone

STUMPWALSH wrote on November 02, 2012 at 12:11 pm

After reading all the scores it is hard to pick one that hasn't been used so I will go with an easy 7x7 and say :
 

OHIO ST - 49

ILLINI - 3

I think we will lay down around the start of the 2cd quarter.  Just do not even see us getting in the endzone.  Saw the same score so I will add 3 to the Illini.

Mike Goebel wrote on November 02, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I was at the 1998 41-0 drubbing against No. 1 Ohio State. This one feels like that.

Ohio State 41, Illinois 0.

bwg99 wrote on November 02, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Ohio State 42
Illinois 14

tstephens7 wrote on November 02, 2012 at 9:11 pm

OSU 48

UI  10

yellowjacket wrote on November 02, 2012 at 9:11 pm

The Illini are doomed in this game.

Ohio State 42     Illini  3