Urban Meyer: Focus is on Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- If Illinois was hoping No. 3 Ohio State might look past it this week, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has some bad news.

Ohio State, he said, is focused on Saturday's game, even though the Illini haven't won a Big Ten contest in more than two years.

"No issue whatsoever. This is a very invested team," Meyer said. "[There] will be a bomb go off if I start to see that or we all start to see that."

The Illini (3-6, 0-5 Big Ten) look like little more than a speed bump for the undefeated Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0).

Illinois has given up an average of 43.5 points a game the past four weeks, including 52 last week to Indiana. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are scoring a bunch, 48.2 a game.

Ohio State is locked in the third spot in the BCS standings behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State, giving the Buckeyes every incentive to roll up the score any time they can.

Meyer acknowledged that to stay in the national championship conversation, Ohio State needs to "play great."

"I expect them to play -- we all expect them to play, they expect to play -- at a very high level, because you're in the same breath with some very, very good teams," Meyer said of the Buckeyes. "And to maintain that status you have to play very well. Very well."