Time once again to see what the staff of H&R thinks will happen tomorrow, aside from pain, that is:
Just came across this email on my lunch break. my prediction is " :( "
Rachel Van Gessel:
Our showing two weeks ago against Michigan State was encouraging in some aspects. Our offense, while it never generated any points, was more effective than most anticipated them being. Ohio State is good but their D isn't as stingy as MSU's. We also had glimpses of an effective running game. Hopefully Brandon Cottom will be good to go and will be able to hang in there for the whole game. This will take some pressure off Danny Etling and this will allow him to connect with DeAngelo Yancey, Cameron Posey, and BJ Knauf.
If OSU hadn't slaughtered Penn State I would say that we'd win this game but the Buckeyes are coming on strong as of late. They've been able to close out the close games and after last week's showing in Happy Valley I'd say they're hitting their stride. Purdue 24 Ohio State 38.
Paul Branham, Pilot, Boilermaker Special VII:
In hopes that I continue my streak of being horribly wrong in predictions this season, Ohio State 45, Purdue 17.
We've got the Buckeyes right where we want them, in the sleepy ignored game on BTN in a half-filled Ross-Ade Stadium! The fans of the Bucks seem split on this game. According to some comments at Eleven Warriors they are up in arms that I would have the gall to say their perfect Buckeyes should even lower themselves to be in a game with Purdue. Others are optimistic, but at least view the recent history with a small amount of unease.
As fun as it has been to talk about Purdue Harbor II and the potential for a massive upset, I recognize Purdue's chances are very small. At least in the last two visits, where Purdue's defensive line has been dominant, the Boilermakers have had a semi-competent offense capable of scoring points. Purdue's offensive line would suddenly have to morph into a functional unit and the defensive line would again have to play out of its mind to even give Purdue a chance.
I hope to be very pleasantly surprised and that the bizarre hex over OSU in Ross-Ade continues, but this is the tallest test for said hex by far. We should get crushed, but I hope for a miracle. It has happened before. Ohio State 52, Purdue 10