COLUMBUS — Ohio State faced its toughest test of the season last week and walked away with a top-10 win.
But after the Hoosiers closed a four-touchdown margin down to one possession and passed for nearly 500 yards, the Buckeyes aren’t yet content as they head to Illinois on Saturday.
“I really think after four games, and a body of work, we can do a great job this week of identifying the issues that are holding us back from pulling away from teams, address them and get better right here,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday. “I was hoping that going into the Maryland game was the same way, we had that week off. So now, we have this Indiana game on film. We’ve got to really spend a bunch of time and make sure that everything we’re doing is towards getting better.
“I think that’s what good teams can do. But there’s a lot of good things going on and I don’t think we’re that far away.”
Although the return of the Illibuck Trophy will not be the most difficult game on the schedule, Saturday’s game provides the Buckeyes with an opportunity to mend some of its flaws. Ohio State is a heavy road favorite over Illinois, and the series has not seen a single-digit scoring margin since the Illini walked out of Columbus with a win in 2007.
“[Illinois] is definitely a solid team,” senior linebacker Tuf Borland said Tuesday. “They are well coached. They have talent. They’ve given people problems throughout the season. So we know, as Ohio State, we’re going to get everyone’s best shot every week. So we’re going to be ready for that.”
For anyone watching the game on TV or listening to the radio, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment of the battle for the Illibuck.
Ohio State at Illinois: Game time, details
Ohio State leads the all-time series 68-30-4 and has won eight consecutive games against the Fighting Illini. The Buckeyes’ last trip to Champaign was a 28-3 win in 2015; Illinois’ last win was the Juice Williams-led 28-21 victory at Ohio Stadium in 2007.
- Time: Noon EST
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 28
- Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
- Weather: High of 47 degrees, sunny
- The line: Ohio State is a 30-point favorite, per VegasInsider
- Over/under: 72.5 points
What TV channel is Ohio State against Illinois on?
The Buckeyes and Illini matchup will be televised on FS1 with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline) on the call.
How can Ohio State against Illinois be watched online?
The game can be streamed online at FoxSports.com.
What radio station carries the Buckeyes game?
Paul Keels, Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews will have the call on the Ohio State Sports Radio Network 97.1 FM (WBNS). A full list of radio affiliates can be found here.
Miss any Lettermen Row coverage so far this week?
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- Evaluating best, worst of another meaningful Buckeyes win
- BuckIQ: Analyzing breakdowns, searching for answers in Ohio State secondary
- Kerry Coombs: Buckeyes must ‘fix big plays,’ evaluating every option
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- What We Learned as Buckeyes look ahead to road Illinois matchup
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