The Buckeyes boast the top-ranked group for 2018, and Urban Meyer is far from finished. This could be one of his best classes at Ohio State.
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Wisconsin will try to stay in control of their playoff destiny against Michigan, while Ohio State will look to make up some ground in the race.
FPI: Buckeyes overwhelming favorites vs. Illini
Ohio State has won eight straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings between these schools. Illinois' last win in the series came in 2007, when the unranked Illini stunned the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes in Columbus. ESPN's FPI feels good about OSU's chances at home on Saturday.
Illinois an old nemesis for Ohio State
Illinois is a heavy underdog this week, but the Illini are familiar with big upsets at Ohio Stadium. Overall, Illinois has lost 18 straight games against AP-ranked opponents, last winning in 2011 against then-No. 22 Arizona State. (ESPN Stats & Info)
J.T. Barrett's three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes' 39-38 Week 9 win over Penn State capped a spectacular comeback engineered by the senior quarterback.
Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg and Brad Edwards voice their confusion over the latest CFP rankings (1:30), react to Arkansas parting ways with Jeff Long (18:35) and much more.
Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer
The ESPN Junior 300 has been updated and Ohio defensive end Zach Harrison is the new No. 1 ranked prospect overall. Kayvon Thibodeaux had held on to the No. 1 ranking, but moves to No. 2 in the update, behind Harrison. The 6-foot-6, 243-pound Harrison hails from Olentangy Orange high school in Ohio and has been offered by nearly every major program in the country.
Another one following Saturday's big win: Could there be enough chaos in the next few weeks to force the playoff committee to consider Ohio State?
Ohio State would face off against another midwestern team with dashed CFP hopes in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
The U is back in the national title conversation, as Miami moved up to No. 3 in the CFP rankings, checking in ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma but behind Alabama and Clemson.
Peter Burns, Heather Dinich and Matt Schick preview the next CFP rankings (3:00), discuss some worthy COY candidates (22:02) and more. Plus, a chat with Austin Peay coach Will Healy (26:07).
The Buckeyes' defense will need to perform like it did last week against Michigan State rather than how it played the previous week at Iowa.
Surprising names lead Big Ten standouts
Sophomores Demry Croft of Minnesota and Mike Weber of Ohio State each got a nod after the best performances of their young careers. Iowa's Josh Jackson was an easy choice for the second straight week, this time after nabbing two pick-sixes, with Wisconsin's Leon Jacobs rounding out the group.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Michigan center Patrick Kugler says he's looking forward to playing the villain/spoiler for Wisconsin and Ohio State in the next two weeks. "It's kind of fun to ruin someone's season."
Go figure. Ohio State comes off a drubbing at Iowa and conversely crushes Michigan State. The Bucks will entertain Illinois next Saturday before paying a visit to the school "up north."
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Though Miami currently leads the nation in Strength of Record, the Hurricanes still don't crack FPI's top 10 list. This is because FPI is rating team strength going forward, not describing what has already happened. That's also why Ohio State and Penn State -- likely out of the Playoff race -- remain in the top 3.
The Badgers kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive and sewed up the West, while the East remained up for grabs.
This configuration from the Buckeyes' faithful certainly deserves style points.
Buckeyes belittle Sparty
No. 11 Ohio State's 48-3 win over No. 13 Michigan State on Saturday was among the severest shellackings that the Buckeyes have ever leveled against a ranked opponent.
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State DE Nick Bosa after blowing out Michigan State says "it's kind of annoying that we couldn't do that every week. …It's tough to think about what could've been but we're still in perfect position to win the Big Ten championship, and that's a big goal of ours."