In the following roundtable, the staff of Writing Illini takes a look at which Spartan has the best chance at wrecking Homecoming for Illinois in their Week Nine match-up with the Michigan State Spartans.
Ricky: Usually I go with an offensive player when asked this question, but this time I got to go with the defense. Max Bullough will be MSU’s most dangerous player this weekend. Last week, the Illini offense looked…well…pitiful.
Austin: Jeremy Langford, for someone who played very little last season, is on a tear this year. Over 550 rushing yards with 8 total TD’s, the guy is hard to stop for defenses. The Illini will plan for his ability, and will attempt to make adjustments on plays if he starts to play too well. That said, with his talent, the Illini may need to hope he can find ways to beat himself, as he is one of the better backs in the Big Ten.
Ryan: For all of the fanfare that Max Bullough gets, and rightfully so, Denicos Allen is actually leading the Spartans in tackles this season with 43, including 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. In the Spartans last game, Allen scooped up the Bullough forced fumble on a QB sack and returned it 45 yards for the 7-0 lead that MSU clung to until late in the 4th quarter when the Spartan offense finally scored on a trick play.
The Illinois offensive line is going to have their work cut out for them to prevent Bullough and Allen from being a pair of Homecoming wrecking balls, and the Illini defense simply must get better at stopping the run so that Langford doesn’t have a field day like Sankey, Abdullah, and Gordon have before him.
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer Austin Jabs.
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