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Ohio State-USC forecast: What the former Buckeyes predict

Malcolm Jenkins: 24-21 OSU

“A true freshman QB vs. any Ohio State defense is a tough task. Now add 105,000 of the best damn fans in the land and it becomes even harder. Go Bucks!”

Jenkins played cornerback for OSU from 2005-2008, and was a first-round selection by the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Justin Zwick: 31-27 OSU

“Battle of the young QB’s goes to TP. Barkley will make costly mistake in the fourth quarter to help the Buckeyes seal the deal in a close game.”

Zwick played quarterback for OSU from 2002-2006, leading the Buckeyes to victory in the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Quinn Pitcock: 23-20 OSU

“‘Mika’ [Pryor] breaks away from sack and strides in for the winning TD.”

Pitcock played defensive tackle for OSU from 2002-2006, and played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007.

Marcus Freeman: 24-10 OSU

“A strong performance, led by OSU’s defense.”

Freeman played linebacker for OSU from 2005-2008, and was a fifth-round selection by the Chicago Bears in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Lydell Ross: 20-17 OSU

“USC is coming into the shoe primed off their win last year at the Coliseum, but OSU has a lot to prove after last week’s close call. It will be an old fashioned shootout, but OSU will be the first to draw.”

Ross anchored the Buckeye backfield from 2001-2004, rushing for 26 touchdowns in his OSU career.
Zack Meisel: 27-24 OSU

“The Bucks have to win one of these eventually, right? A lot is set up in their favor: home field, true freshman quarterback, plenty of doubters. Terrelle Pryor finally lets loose, Buckeyes win a nailbiter.”

Meisel is the sports editor for The Lantern. He typically is incorrect when predicting anything.

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