The Ohio State Buckeyes,coming off a tough but still satisfying 31-24 win against Penn State Nittany Lions, face the 4-4 Illinois Fighting Illini for the Illibuck trophy Saturday night at 8 PM on ABC. It's another nationally televised event but this time it's in the happy confines of the Horseshoe in Columbus.
After a very rough game in Happy Valley, J.T. Barrett looks to get back on track against an Illini team that may be 4-4 but does have much better talent than in recent years. The Buckeyes defense, lead by defensive linemen Joey Bosa, look to squash Illini quarterback Reilly O'Toole in to the turf. However, O'Toole does have some mobility, which could be an issue.
My take: The Buckeyes will be back to their offensive ways Saturday night. The Illini will put up a fight like the Nittany Lions did, but the Bucks are a much more explosive team.
Prediction: I've been way off on my predictions of late. I'll just say the Bucks will win this one.
What: Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio State Buckeyes
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Time: 8 PM EST
TV: ABC, ESPN3