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Ohio State vs. Illinois: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Nov 2, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) look to pass in the first half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2016

Ohio State's undefeated season shouldn't be in jeopardy this Saturday when the Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Illinois has lost five straight games and six of its last seven, and it has been annihilated by the teams in the Big Ten, posing an 0-5 record within the conference. 

Featuring one of the worst scoring defenses in the nation, the Fighting Illini allow 34.7 points per game and score just 29.7 points per game. It's far from a recipe for success, and this team's confidence won't receive a boost this weekend against the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has been heating up the past two games, scoring 119 points while allowing just 14 against Penn State and Purdue. With a record of 9-0, it appears the Buckeyes will likely finish the season with an undefeated record unless Michigan plays lights out in the final game of the season. 

Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, it will likely be the second year in a row this team will miss out on the BCS National Championship Game while sporting a perfect record, as Florida State and Alabama currently have a firm grip on the top two spots in the rankings. 

Here's a look at when and where you can catch this upcoming matchup, along with betting information and injury reports for both squads. 

 

Nov 10, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans cheer during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m. ET 

Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill.

Watch: ESPN

Live Streaming: Watch ESPN

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 67 points
  • Spread: Illinois (+32.5)

 

Ohio State Injury Report (via USA Today

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Curtis Grant LBProb Sat - Ankle - 11/12/13
Taylor Decker OLProb Sat - Knee - 11/12/13
Tyquan Lewis DEQues Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13
Christian Bryant SOut for season - Ankle - 9/30/13
James Clark WROut indefinitely - Leg - 9/22/13
Blake Thomas TEOut for season - Neck - 8/17/13
Adam Griffin CBOut for season - Shoulder - 8/16/13
Jamie Wood DBOut for season - Shoulder - 8/16/13
USA Today

 

Illinois Injury Report (via USA Today

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Vontrell Williams DLQues Sat - Foot - 11/10/13
Simon Cvijanovic OLOut Sat - Ankle - 11/12/13
Henry Dickinson LBOut for season - Leg - 10/3/13
Tony Durkin OLOut for season - Undisclosed - 8/30/13
USA Today

 

Will Ohio State Covers the Massive Spread?

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 19: Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini drops back to pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 56-32. (Photo by Michael Hickey/
Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Buckeyes are favored to win this game by nearly five touchdowns, and looking at both teams to this point in the season it's easy to see why. 

As was touched on in the opening, Ohio State has been on a scoring tear the past two games. However, high-scoring outputs are the norm for Urban Meyer's team, which averages 48.2 points per game (No. 5 in the nation). 

There's reason to believe Illinois will cover the spread, though. 

While Ohio State has beaten the Fighting Illini five times in a row, the average margin of victory in those wins is just 18.2 points, and the highest margin of victory has been 30 points.

Furthermore, although Illinois features a bad record, it has done well against the spread at home in recent history, covering the spread six of nine times as a home underdog in those contests. 

 

Prediction

Who are we kidding here? 

Of course the Buckeyes will win this game. 

Not only that, but they'll cover the massive spread out of spite for the position they're currently in regarding the BCS standings. 

Braxton Miller has been red hot the past three games, throwing nine touchdowns and just one interception while completing at least 75 percent of his passes in all three. 

Combined with a defense that has feasted on poor teams, this is a recipe for a blowout. 

 

Final Score 

Ohio State wins 59-24.

 

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