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.