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2017 Schedule
2-9, 7th in Big Ten - West
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FPI sees Land of Lincoln Trophy staying in Evanston

Northwestern's six-game winning streak is the school's longest within one season since 1996. Wildcats RB Justin Jackson has averaged 158.3 rushing yards in three previous games vs. the Illini.

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No matter the road traveled, we all have much to be thankful for. Each day is truly a blessing. Happy Thanksgiving

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois and Missouri will play a four-game, home-and-home series from 2026 through 2029. The lllini and Tigers last meet in 2010 in St. Louis, which hosted their previous six meetings. Illinois will host games in 2026 and 2028, and Missouri will host in 2027 and 2029. Missouri holds a 17-7 edge in the all-time series.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois announces it will build a statue of former star Dick Butkus at the entrance to its new football performance center, expected to be completed before the 2019 season. Butkus was an All-America linebacker and center for the Illini, and won Big Ten MVP honors in 1963. "Usually when you get a statue you are in the dirt, so this will be very different," Butkus said in a statement. "I appreciate the tribute, but it is very humbling."

Ohio State beats Illinois in a laugher (0:36)
Illinois' backup QB runs in TD (0:47)
Buckeyes extend lead with Victor's TD catch (0:36)
Buckeyes' Weber carries defenders for first down (0:20)
Buckeyes' Weber with 43-yard TD (0:33)
Ohio State's Barrett runs in for TD (0:27)
Ohio State with opening-drive TD (0:25)
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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.

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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)


Purdue defense stifles Illinois

Purdue's aggressive defense registered nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, and the Boilermakers snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 29-10 victory against Illinois.

Team Stats

Passing Yards178.1104th
Rushing Yards106.1122nd
Points For16.0128th
Points Against30.5Tied-88th