The Buckeyes bounced back from an 18-15 loss to USC with a 38-0 win over
Toledo last weekend. Terrelle Pryor has his best game of the season last week, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and a score. Jim Tressel is hoping for more of the same from Pryor this week, as he has struggled 613 yards on 42-of-74 passing on the season with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Pryor leads the Buckeyes in rushing with 176 yards while Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine have both rushed for over 100 yards.
OhioState ranks third in the conference in points allowed at 15 per-game.
Illinois is second to last in the Big Ten in points allowed, at 27 per-game, but are second in the conference in rushing defense, allowing just 161 yards on the ground. The Fighting Illini opened the year with a 37-9 loss to
Missouri but responded with a 45-17 win two weeks ago over
IllinoisState. Juice Williams was injured early in the win but is expected to play this week. On the season Williams threw for 179 yards in the loss to
Missouri, and has 76 yards rushing on the season. Eddie McGee has thrown for 200 yards in replacement of Williams, and is a reasonable replacement if Williams is unable to go on Saturday. Despite the injuries, the Illini are still third in the conference in total yards of offense per-game. The last time these two teams met at
OhioState was in 2007, when the Illini defeated the Buckeyes 28-21.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
OhioState 14-point home favorites over
Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The over/under total for this game has been established at 50.
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