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Ohio State’s running game—and everything else— was too much for Illinois

The Buckeyes were playing on the ‘Junior Varsity’ setting on Saturday.

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NCAA Football: Illinois at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Conference wins don’t come much easier than that.

Ohio State dominated Illinois from the opening snap in their 52-14 win on Senior Day, sending the seniors —and a host of other players heading to the NFL— off in style, while clinching the Big Ten East crown as they head to Ann Arbor this weekend for The Game.

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holyland, Colton Denning and Patrick Mayhorn break down the Buckeyes’ easy win, and their main takeaways from the game, including:

  • Being encouraged about the continued commitment to the running game, and wondering whether Mike Weber just played his final game at Ohio Stadium.
  • How Parris Campbell has become the most underrated player on the team.
  • J.T. Barrett throwing for his 100th career passing touchdown, and why the offense didn’t need to be very creative.
  • Trying to explain the rationale for bringing the starters back into the game up 38-7, and why it’s obvious that Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow still have much to learn.
  • Praising the defense, who looked like they were playing a game of NCAA Football on the ‘junior varsity’ difficulty setting.

The guys also give their thoughts on the legacy of the senior class, why the NFL Draft is going to force the Buckeyes to reload again next season, and give their early impressions on the Michigan game.

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