OHIO ST over Illi­nois by 36

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Buck­eyes have cov­ered four of the last five games in this se­ries, and made a se­ri­ous state­ment last week about want­ing to be the first 2-loss team to make the play­offs. They still have plenty of work to do but don’t look for HC Ur­ban Meyer to let up on the gas. Hav­ing said that, we’re not about to jump off a 40-foot high board with them today, es­pe­cially with Ohio State just 2-6 ATS as con­fer­ence home chalk of more than 31 points. Illini fresh­man QB Cam Thomas suf­fered a con­cus­sion against the Hoosiers last week, and the ane­mic Illini of­fense moved into In­di­ana ter­ri­tory just once in the first half of the 24-14 loss, with all seven drives end­ing in punts (Illi­nois has been forced to go back to QB Jeff Ge­orge, Jr). Thomas is ques­tion­able for this week, and frag­ile WR Mike Dudek once again looks to be out for the sea­son. If you’re still in­ter­ested in putting this bushel of points on your card, con­sider this: Illi­nois is 30-67 ATS in SU losses as road dogs since 1981, in­clud­ing 6-18 ATS re­cently. Pass.

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