OSU has a proven coaching staff at being elite. We have a proven coaching staff at being good. It could become elite down the road but we wont know for a few more years when their "elite" recruiting classes turn into upperclassmen. OSU had all of 3/4s of a year of downtime during Fickell era... not even 1 full class and I doubt they took even a minor hit in recruiting or defections like UM did during RR. That was 3 full years and a late start on the 2011 class for Hoke. So to be FAIR he started in more of a hole but I dont like to hear empty cupboard excuses by anyone - it is never empty at UM. But it is not as OSU's level. The last 2 classes UM and OSU have gone head to head and it will be up to the coaches to develop players (something potentially lacking at UM for years, incl the end of the Carr era) and get them up to snuff to have similar spectacular showings on TV down the road. It wont be in 2014 due to our OL and breaking in a whole class of WRs but it needs to be 2015. Until then the 2010 and 2011 classes (the latter on offense) will continue to haunt. We just lack depth in the junior and senior classes that other teams have. I get that some teams play well with freshman and sophomores sprinkled in but it can't be the core of your team. Our stars are all upperclassmen save for Blake and maybe Funchess slowly becoming one... JMFR, Devin, Gallon. There is a reason for that.
"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."