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Ohio State vs. Illinois 2014: GameThread

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The Ohio State Buckeyes host the Illinois Fighting Illini in Columbus on Saturday night.

Josh Ferguson will try to have an impact against Ohio State.
Josh Ferguson will try to have an impact against Ohio State.
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Riding a little bit of momentum heading into Saturday's game, Illinois is looking to catch Ohio State off-guard and take the Illibuck trophy for the first time since the 2007 season. After pulling an upset against Minnesota last weekend, coach Tim Beckman will try to get his players fired up for a chance to beat one of the top Big Ten teams. Standing at a 4-4 record, Illinois is also fighting for bowl eligibility, but won't have an easy road ahead of them. A win against the Buckeyes could go a long way in helping their chances.

Ohio State, meanwhile, heads into tonight's game as one of the hottest teams in the country, having won five straight games and looking for their sixth. With J.T. Barrett leading the way, the Buckeyes are preparing to face Michigan State next weekend while making sure to avoid any plans of an upset from the Fighting Illini. With a rivalry night game being played in the 'Shoe, you can bet that Ohio State fans will be as rowdy as can be when facing freezing temperatures.

On the line tonight for the Buckeyes is making sure they look impressive against Illinois with the College Football Playoff committee looking on. Ohio State is also trying to ensure that they maintain the rights to the beloved Illibuck trophy, fought for each year between the Buckeyes and the Illini.

Below is your Ohio State-Illinois GameThread. Be respectful and classy, and we should all be fine. If you like GIFs, lay 'em on us. In all, be good fans, cheer for your teams, be cool to each other (even if somebody else isn't), and everybody wins. Go Bucks. Keep the turtle trophy in Columbus!

(4-4, 1-3)Illinois Fighting Illini
(6-1, 3-0)#16 Ohio State Buckeyes
8:00 p.m. ETNOVEMBER 1, 2014 (ABC)Preview Advanced Stats