Illinois at OSU

With a national championship likely out of the picture, No. 13 Ohio State turns its focus to winning the Big Ten title on Saturday when it hosts Illinois at 3:30PM ET from Ohio Stadium.

Bet Illinois at Ohio State

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. Ohio State 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 Illinois State. 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 Ohio State was in 2007, when the Illini defeated the Buckeyes 28-21.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Ohio State 14-point home favorites over Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The over/under total for this game has been established at 50.

College Football Week 4 Betting Trends
All games in this series since 1992

ILLINOIS is 10-5 against the spread versus OHIO ST since 1992

OHIO ST is 10-5 straight up against ILLINOIS since 1992

6 of 10 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games over the last 3 seasons

OHIO ST is 1-1 against the spread versus ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons 

OHIO ST is 1-1 straight up against ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons 

2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

All games played at OHIO ST since 1992

ILLINOIS is 6-2 against the spread versus OHIO ST since 1992

ILLINOIS is 5-3 straight up against OHIO ST since 1992

3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992

Games played at OHIO ST over the last 3 seasons.

ILLINOIS is 1-0 against the spread versus OHIO ST over the last 3 seasons 

ILLINOIS is 1-0 straight up against OHIO ST over the last 3 seasons 

1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

ILLINOIS: 8-2 ATS as a road underdog of 10.5 to 14 points

OHIO ST: 5-1 Under off win by 35+ points

Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ohio State

Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Illinois

Ohio State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Illinois

OHIO ST is 109-79 ATS (+22.1 Units) when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
Week 4 College Football Injury Report
ILLINOIS

Miami Thomas CB Out For Season (knee)

Martez Wilson LB Out For Season (neck)

Juice Williams QB Probable Week 4 (hip)

OHIO ST

Tyler Moeller LB Out For Season (head)

Aaron Gant S Out Indefinitely (lower body)

Jim Cordle OT Questionable Week 4 (ankle)

Illinois at Ohio State Current Odds

Illinois Fighting Illini +14 Over 50 (+500)

Ohio State -14 Under 50 (-735)

Player Props:

Total touchdown passes for Terrelle Pryor (OSU): Over/Under 1.5

Total rushing attempts for Pryor: Over/Under 12.5

Total rushing yards for Daniel Herron (OSU): Over/Under 75.5

Total receptions for Dane Sanzenbacher (OSU): Over/Under 3.5

Total receptions for DeVier Posey (OSU): Over/Under 4.5

Total rushing yards for Jason Ford ( ILL): Over/Under 39.5

Total receptions for Jarred Fayson ( ILL): Over/Under 3.5

Total receptions for Michael Hoomanawanui ( ILL): Over/Under 2.5

Bet Illinois at Ohio State

Posted: 9/26/09 12:24PM ET

 

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