In the revised schedule that the Big Ten conference sent out before deciding to cancel the Fall season, Ohio State football would have played their first game tomorrow.
Ohio State’s football season would have started tomorrow if it wasn’t for the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the Fall season. They would have faced off against Illinois in the battle for Illibuck. It would have been a great start to the football season on a path to a possible national title.
Since that isn’t happening, we can only look at what might have been. We can still preview the game like it would be happening. If that were the case, Justin Fields, Trey Sermon, and Chris Olave would have been players to keep an eye on on the offensive side of the ball.
On defense, watching how the revamped defensive line played without Chase Young would have been where I was paying attention. I was really anxious to see if Zach Harrison has what it takes to make a Chase Young type leap into superstardom. He could be the next great defensive end at Ohio State.
In this game, Illinois wouldn’t have had a chance. They are a program that seems to be perpetually rebuilding. Ohio State would have dominated this game from start to finish. A large amount of backups would have gotten playing time, including Master Teague.
I was interested to see how Teague would look against an average Illinois defense after his Achillies injury. He probably would have played most of the second half after Trey Sermon tore up the first half. This game likely would have been a 73-7 blowout.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see this game right now. We have to wait till Spring. But if you’re like me, you won’t stop analyzing each game that would have been played as the dates come closer.