"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
2009 UM vs. OSU
I'll start, and I'll say right off that I hope others can respond to this with reasons that contradict my pessimism for the game. While IMO almost every non Brandon Graham match-up in this game favors OSU, some resoundingly (cough, LB's, cough), I'm basing my prediction on an intangible. I think that many of the non-seniors have mentally checked out on the season, with a lethal combination of non-confidence and "season is done" mindset. I'm struck by the many senior comments this week regarding the younger guys, to the effect of "we need to up the intensity and teach them the meaning of this game," which has been said often in interviews. That and the evidence from the last few games, of course.
This team is young, and youth is another word for immaturity. The immature often disappoint us in the way they respond to events, and that is one explanation IME (talent on defense being the obvious culprit) for what has occurred this season. We can have hope that they mature and develop, but I think that is a "next year" happening. I would love to be wrong and hate typing this, but OSU 31, M 10.