Thursday, September 24, 2009

At the Horseshoe

The Illini are headed to Columbus this weekend for a very tough conference opener. And there's still a lot we don't know about the 2009 squad.

A quick look at the stats shows the Illini second in the conferense in rushing yards per game, third in overall yards per game, but tenth in passing yards per game. Not what we expected, but much of that is skewed by Juice being out a couple weeks ago. In comparison, Ohio State is fifth in passing, 9th in rushing and 8th in overall yards per game. But these numbers don't mean much, given easy non-conference games and that the Illini have only played 2 games.

So will the Illini defense that had miscues against Missouri show up against Terrelle Pryor? Will the explosive offense we expected be able to move the ball down the field on the road? Will the Illini stay healthy?

I have no idea. Given what we've seen so far, this will be a tough game for the Illini. The D will need to step up big, and the offense will need to reach their potential for the Illini to once again shock the Buckeyes at the Horseshoe. Possible? Of course. But likely? Not really.

But whatever happens, go Illini!


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