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Fighting Illini vs Buckeyes Preview

Ohio State Buckeyes Illinois Fighting Illini
9-0 November 16, 2013, 12:00 | Memorial Stadium 3-6

Ohio State has won 21 consecutive games and is a giant favorite to make it 22 straight, when the Buckeyes head to Illinois on Saturday.

Ohio State opened as a 32-point road favorite against a struggling Illini squad. The last time Illinois was this big of a home underdog was 1998 against Ohio State.

Illinois has lost five straight, going 1-4 against the spread during the losing streak.

The Buckeyes have won the last five meetings against the Illini, covering the number in four of the games.

Illinois is 6-3 ATS in its last nine games as a home underdog. 

They will face the 9-0 Buckeyes, who own a 7-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Fighting Illini are 5-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Buckeyes are 6-3 favoring the OVER.

View Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

The Buckeyes were listed as 32-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. The total was 67 midweek at most shops, including Bovada.

The Fighting Illini sit at No. 95 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Buckeyes are at No. 5 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Buckeyes will win this game 49-15.

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Nathan Scheelhaase handled the Hoosiers defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 450 yards, but Illinois still lost to Indiana 52-35.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 63-ranked offense, averaging 29.67 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 8 this week at 17 PPG. The Fighting Illini aerial game is averaging 288.89 yards per game, more than the Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 223.44 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Buckeyes feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 84.33 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 105 in rushing offense at home.

A few Buckeyes at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Ohio State is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 7 games
Ohio State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ohio State at Indiana, Saturday, November 23rd
Illinois at Purdue, Saturday, November 23rd