Tim Beckman is a former assistant under Urban Meyer at Bowling Green. He is the 10th Meyer assistant to land a head coaching gig and only the second to face Meyer head-to-head.
As OSU has yet to have a bye week, they are currently the only team in the nation with 9 wins.
Ohio State holds a 1 1/2 game lead in the Leaders Division and owns the tiebreaker with second place Penn State.
The Ohio State/Illinois series is being renewed for the 99th time. It is the second longest series for The Buckeyes, with only the series against Michigan being longer.
Illinois has won seven of the last 11 games in Ohio Stadium. In addition to this, they also hold a better winning percentage against OSU in The Shoe than they do on their home turf.
Illinois was the team to completely ruin Ohio State’s in 2007. Buckeye fans are in no way bitter about this.
Should OSU win, only Earle Bruce will have a better start in his first year as a head coach. He started off 11-0.
Illibuck is on the line! The trophy started as a real, live turtle in 1925. It is the second oldest trophy game in the B1G behind the Little Brown Jug.
Braxton Miller needs only one more TD to move into the top 5 in OSU history for TDs responsible for in a season. He needs only 7 more to tie for first place with Troy Smith and Bobby Hoying. Meyer only needs 12 TDs to hold the career record. Meyer is, of course, just a Sophomore.
Ohio State is ranked 6th in the AP. They are unranked in the coach’s poll due to NCAA sanctions, more specifically the bowl ban.