NCAAF Picks for Illinois vs. Ohio State Steamroller of the Week

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:38 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 5:38 PM UTC

Join us as we preview the matchup between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes in this week's STEAMROLLER OF THE WEEK complete with our choice college football picks. 

It is 2014 college football STEAMROLLER OF THE WEEK time. You know the drill in selecting these games. We look for balanced, explosive members of our 200 CLUB who have the ability to steamroll outmanned opposition at the point of attack. It clearly helps our cause if the opponent is a Defensive Duds.  The trick in these is to always assure that line value remains in the selection.  Such is the case in this contest tonight.  The following paragraphs will outline the reasons why.

This week, we go to Columbus, Ohio where 100,000+ fans will pack an Ohio stadium under the watchful eye of the ABC cameras.  I envision only 1 result in this game.  Last week, I used a big play against the Fighting Illini who suited up in  “Gray Ghost uniforms” in honor of Red Grange. The Illini unveiled some read-option under the watchful eye of OC Cubit.  The result was a 28-24 home field upset of the Gophers.  The stats were totally opposite from that final score. As had been the case in so many recent Illini games, they were outrushed and outpassed by a combined 411-263 yards. They trailed in the 4th quarter 24-21 with Minnesota possessing the momentum.  Then it happened!  The Illini returned a Minnesota fumble for a touchdown and the game-winning score.  Prior to that game, the Illini had been allowing Big 10 foes an average of over 400 RYPG.  That is clearly not a surprise as the Illini is one of our Defensive Duds.  For the season, they allow 34 PPG including 259/5.1 overland, 217/7.7 through the air and 475 YPG on 6.1 YPP.  Clearly this defense has the lack of ability to contain balanced, explosive attacks.

Later in the evening, Ohio State went to half time with a comfortable 17-0 in Happy Valley.  When the dust cleared, the Nittany Lions had tied it at 17 at the end of regulation.  An eventual 31-24 OT escape will allow HC Meyer to garner plenty of the Buckeye’s attention this week.  I do note that in that contest, Ohio State outrushed Penn State 219-16. 

For our college football picks keep in mind that with Illini HC Beckman posting a 2-9 ATS mark as road dog and Ohio State having defeated Illinois, 60-35 last year, a game in which Ohio State ran for 447 yards, look for the Buckeyes to receive prime consideration as the 2014 CFB STEAMROLLER GAME OF THE YEAR.  All who subscribe will know at 10:00 AM ET Saturday.

College Football Picks: Ohio State -28.5 college football odds at 5Dimes

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