My preview is here. The Buckeyes will be without Jake Stoneburner this game, leaving them without a cool weapon to unleash on Illinois’ linebackers. Nevertheless, Ohio State will likely stick to its guns against the Illini, choosing to keep things grounded. Memorial Stadium has a reputation as a wind-tunnel and it won’t help that rain will be on the horizon for the game, much like it was last year against the Illini in Columbus. This may play in the Illini’s favor. They haven’t really unleashed their freshman quarterback through the air this season and seem reticent to do so. Mikel Leshoure will be asked to carry the Illini in conditions that favor rushing. Likewise, Pryor will try to find the edge of the defense and the Buckeyes will hope that either Saine or Herron will pick up the tough yards between the tackles.
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