Originally posted on The Buckeye Blog  |  Last updated 10/13/11
Can anyone out there remember the last time Ohio State came in as an underdog to Illinois? You’ve got to go back to the early 90s and those dark days of Coach Cooper. Well folks, those dark days are here again as we find ourselves 4 point underdogs to the Illini. Not only are the Illini favorites, they are 6-0 and ranked No. 16 in the AP poll. Granted, Arizona State was probably the toughest team they’ve faced so far this year but there is no question they are a potential sleeper in the Big Ten. You can’t look at this game without nightmares of last year’s Ohio State/Illinois matchup. You remember the one. The game where Terrell Pryor went out late in the third quarter and Joe Bauserman proceeded to throw a pass directly into the arms of an Illinois safety. Things were so bad in the backup position that after holding the Illini to three and out, Pryor limped back onto the field and basically handed the ball off to Herron for a couple of long slow drives to run out the game. Sound
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