The Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) are still searching for their first Big Ten win as they travel to Columbus to take on the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN.
Illinois is coming off a 31-17 home loss to Indiana last week. The Illini are led by quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who is completing 61 percent of his passes for 839 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. Running back Donovonn Young has 400 yards rushing (averaging 4.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan Lankford has caught 29 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns.
Ohio State is led by dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller, who has passed for 1,527 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 1,093 yards and 12 touchdowns. Running back Carlos Hyde has rushed for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ohio State won last year's game 17-7. The Buckeyes are favored by by 24 points.