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The always dominant Ohio State Buckeyes will happily travel to Champaign, IL to take on the perpetually mediocre Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday. Ohio State has enjoyed their trips to Champaign as they have won their past nine games when visiting Illinois.

Shark Bites
  • Illinois is 1-10 SU in their past 11 home games in November.
  • Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in their past eight games.
  • Ohio State rushed for a combined 296 yards against Illinois last season.

Ohio State defeated Minnesota last week to remain undefeated, but the switch at quarterback was anything but smooth. Cardale Jones got the start in place of J.T. Barrett, who was suspended for the game, but struggled to move the ball as he completed just 12 of his 22 passes for 187 yards.

Illinois halted their three-game skid last week with a win over Purdue. The Illinois offense scored 48 points in the victory, which was more points than they scored in the three previous games combined.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Illinois Fighting Illini as 16-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest, but the line now sits at +16.5. The total was 55 as of Friday afternoon.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 41-24 win for the Buckeyes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Illinois battles the Ohio State Buckeyes, currently with a 9-0 mark (3-6 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 3-6 for the Fighting Illini and 2-7 for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Illinois vs Ohio State injuries news.

The Illinois Fighting Illini sit at No. 60 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are at No. 5 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Illinois Fighting Illini No. 91-ranked offense (25.78 PPG) against a Ohio State Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 6 at 15 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 240 yards per game, more than the Ohio State Buckeyes give up through the air (163.89 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Ohio State Buckeyes own the league's No. 34-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 136 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 119 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for the the Golden Gophers, they were scorched by KJ Maye for 116 receiving yards against the Buckeyes in a 28-14 loss at Ohio Stadium.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn tore up the turf for 180 rushing yards in the latest Fighting Illini game, a 48-14 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ohio State's last 8 games
  • Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois's last 8 games
  • Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois's last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ohio State home to Michigan State, Saturday, November 21st
Illinois at Minnesota, Saturday, November 21st

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