Prognosticating: Illinois

By 11W Staff on October 31, 2012 at 3:45p
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Here's what you need to know: Ohio State is currently favored by 24 over Illinois with an over/under of 51½.

You have to go all the way back to 2006 to find a line this big in the series, when that Ohio State team, led by Troy Smith and firing on all cylinders, entered the game as 25½ point favorites before eking out a 17-10 road win over the fighting Illini.

Got it? Good. Now it's time for you to submit a comment with your prediction for the final score of Saturday's tilt with Illinois. If you nail the score—or come closest—a new shirt from Eleven Warriors Dry Goods is yours. It will turn heads.

Last week, bassplayer7770 did the unthinkable by winning the contest with the first comment in the thread. So alpha.

The fine print:

  • Must be 18 years-old or older.
  • One entry/comment per person.
  • Duplicate predictions are ineligible — first come, first serve.
  • If Ohio State loses this game, there will be no contest winner. You're still free to enter a score, but there will be no shirt in sadness.
  • Deadline for entries is kickoff.

Good luck!


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BucksfanXC's picture

49-10 Good guys

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

madstork34's picture

OSU 49-17

If it's too loud, then you're too old!!

brglr14's picture

45-15  ohio state

I dont know karate but i do know crazy and i'm not afraid to use it.


Jugdish's picture

48 - 10 Bucks

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

Jeremy91's picture

70 - 13 tOSU

"Do not pray for an easy life. Rather, pray for the the strength to endure a difficult one" - Bruce Lee

BrewstersMillions's picture

45-0 Buckeyes. There is downright awful football being played by the Fightin Ex Zookers right now.

Urban316's picture

41 14 Ohio State

cplunk's picture

I have no idea, so just for kicks I'm going to forget everything I know about Illinois and go with 17-10 Bucks.

BuckeyeSki's picture

52 - 7 tOSU

Banned from BlackShoeDiaries since 2008. Crime: Slander/Defamation of Character Judgement: Guilty

dan_isaacs's picture

52-17, Guiton throws a TD pass.

Dan Isaacs

dmurder's picture

52 - 21

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Ohioste's picture

49-7, good guys

kevinfrenchfry's picture

dont see any fg's for the bucks in this one, unless its somehow a close game

hodge's picture

63-7, Ohio State.


56 - 24 Tosu...


bodast67's picture

51-17 TOSU




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

Kurt's picture

Ohio Stae 56
Illinois 20

PlanningBuck12's picture

34-17 Bucks! 


"Anything easy ain't worth a damn" - Woody Hayes

Jangs78's picture

OSU - 41
Illini  -  10

ziplock007's picture

OSU 31 - IU 23
Hey, they had a down week vs. Purdue & Indiana after a high vs. MSU and Neb. 
I sense another down performance.  Illinois, for some reason, always plays them well (not Purdue well, but well).
Oh well, the best thing about being 10 and 0 is it gives you the chance to go 11 and 0.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

45-17 Go Bucks!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Unky Buck's picture

Ohio State 49-14

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

input4u's picture

42 - 7   OSU

Jimmy's picture

73-21 Ohio state.

highwire's picture

59-10 Buckeyes roll in my first trip to The Shoe in 8 years.

larzdapunk's picture

Family ties? Deep cut, there, 11W.
OSU 42 - Illini 10

dancinhomer321's picture

35-17 OSU go BUCKS!

Buckeye 4 Life!

Alhan's picture

42 - 3  We almost blank them.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

Firedup's picture

OSU 35 Ill 27
Stupid Screens passes the achilles heel in this one just like Toledo last year

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

VHX7's picture

62-0 Ohio State. I might as well continue predicting that we won't play down to our opponents. I'm bound to be right at some point.

Dayton Buckeye's picture

Bucks 21 Illinois 17

Menexenus's picture

OSU 35, Illinois 18

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Tim's picture

OSU 35
Illinois 3

fartymcpooperson's picture

45-7 ... Illinios has looked pretty bad, this is the silver bullets' coming out party.

Into the garbage chute, flyboy!

SLVRBLLTS's picture

Buckeyes: 63
Illini: 20

"Because we couldn't go for three"

dsavoca77's picture

Ohio State 50     Illinois 0

builderofcoalitions's picture

OSU-84 Illini-3

Because we couldn't go for three.

ykcul88's picture

41-13 Buckeyes

Triv's picture

52-13 Bucks

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

BuckeyeSouth's picture

42-10 Good guys!

Champions.  Undisputed.  

TMargo's picture

Bucks 62
Illini 10

OldColumbusTown's picture

Ohio State wins 44-20

gwalther's picture

52-24 Good Guys.

Class of 2008

gwalther's picture

Did I win this?

Class of 2008

bleedscarletpissmaize's picture

I dont know dmurder had 52-21

ryanosu03's picture

53 to 11 OSU
Go Bucks

WC Buckeye's picture

54-17 good guys

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Geraffi's picture

63-10 good guys. Illibuck will be OURS!

Illibuck11's picture

66 - 10 Buckeyes.  Illini TD comes in the 2nd half with 2nd stringers in.  Braxton/Kenny G combine for 400 yards of offense and 7 TD's.

alust2013's picture

42-0 buckeyes

...and Michigan still sucks.

Ohio1St81's picture

How about 45-10... Also, remember this?

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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

51-7 Buckeyes.

The scores in this thread are hilarious.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

bukyze's picture

38-13 Buckeyes.

TheBadOwl's picture

56-7 Bucks

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

andydc's picture

35-16 Ohio State

shatricktones's picture

OSU 45 - 13 Illinois

carton's picture

why not, a shut out  45 - 0 bucks

jestertcf's picture

49-10 good guys

~Because we couldn't go for three~

otrain2416's picture

38-17 Bucks

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

duckO's picture

45-17 Buckeyes

Earle's picture

41-7 OSU

Snarkies gonna snark. 

LadyBuck's picture

42-34 OSU by a squeaker. We play to our competition... Unfortunately.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

54-7 Ohio State. 

DaveCHS's picture

84-7 Bucks. 3rd team D gives up a touchdown in garbage time.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

42-17 tOSU

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

ep's picture

44-12 BUCKS!

lljjgg's picture

42-27 OSU over Illini!

Colby3333's picture

59 - 9 Buckeyes!

daytonbuckeye's picture

55 - 9 OSU

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

Buckforlife's picture

 77 - 7 Buckeyes!

No relation to OSUFORLIFE...

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

Almost snaked my pick, dude...
77-0 Buckeyes

"The revolution will be televised."

headina's picture

45-20 BUCKS


BuckeyeTennis91's picture

48-13 Buckeyes


WiliestBuckeye's picture

70-10 Buckeyes

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

3technique's picture

TOSU 58 Illi 21

Dougger's picture

70-12!! tOSU

I like football

CALPOPPY's picture

Fighting Tebow's favorite team, Ohio State - 56
Flailing Illini - 9

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

MediBuck's picture

61-13, The Best Damn Team In the Land

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

23southbound's picture

I am not sure what the score will be but I think the Turtle Man has a better shot at getting the Illi-Buck than the Illini do!

Thats ho they do it in S-E-C country!  YE-YE-YE-YE-YE!

Toasty McBuns's picture

34 Fighting Bucknuts
14 flatlining Illini (& alma mater)

old_rasputin's picture

46-17 good guys

"We hate to lose, but when we do, rest assured we'll be back, and someone will pay the price." Coach Hayes

FROMTHE18's picture

Think this one is closer than nearly everyone thinks... 31-17 Ohio State... slow start and rough finish nice to see Kenny G and Rod Smith get in there with a big lead early but who knows.

Hasbro's picture

OSU 28
Chief Petergeist 14

jthiel09's picture

OSU 42
The Fighting Reasons Beckman's Losing Weight 17


DJRoss926's picture

44-10 Kerry Coombs

RBuck's picture

44-13 Bucks

Long live the southend.

1MechEng's picture

37 - 20 tOSU.
I also predict that Illini will be tied or ahead of OSU after the 1st quarter.   :(

jthiel09's picture

This is probably the closest prediciton any one has made yet, sad but true we start VERY slow for some reason.


IBleedSandG's picture

tOSU: 49
illini: 19


spacegh0st's picture

tOSU: 28
Illinois: 24

INBuckeye1996's picture

I will call it for the Buckeyes 48-16!

hail2victors9's picture

59-20 OSU

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Alice in Aggieland's picture

41-24 Ohio State. 
Go Bucks.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Urban Assault

Poison nuts's picture

42-12 Bucks!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Baroclinicity's picture

51-13  Buckeyes roll

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Can't believe I just put all 154 predictions in my spread sheet.... I'm going with buckeyes 55-9

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


celtic020's picture


BUCKfutter's picture

let's do 49-16 buxors

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

buckeyepastor's picture

59-17 Buckeyes.   Guiton plays the entire 4th quarter and adds ten points to a score that is 49-10 at the end of the third.   The bullets give up a late TD that is meaningless and the illini have one other TD drive fueled largely by a couple of those pesky personal fouls that we've been accumulating for having the nerve to hit the QB a moment after he releases the ball.   Brax and Hyde both top 100 yards.  Miller throws for another 170, and Smith and Dunn both get some quality time on the field, as well.  

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

Seabass1974's picture

39-18 Buckeyes!

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

OhioValley10's picture

First post on the site! 
Buckeyes 40-14

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

one more helmet sticker for you sir... welcome to the club.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

The illini usually play the Bucks tough, so I'll be realistic and say:
Buckeyes 73
iLLLLLLLinois 0
(see what i did there... kinda like the old LLLLLLoyd Carr thing!)

Bucks43201's picture

Ohio State: 44
Illinois: 6

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Joshy614's picture

OSU - 32
Illinois - 17

pepperpikebuckeye's picture

42-39 Ohio State. But defense blows once again.