Nov. 19 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 football panel. Here is this week's ballot:


That magic moment: Illini’s upset of No. 1 — 10 years later

Saturday did not go well for the Illinois football team at Ohio Stadium. But 10 years ago, Ron Zook's Illini shocked the world — especially the 105,453 in the building — with a 28-21 victory against the No. 1 Buckeyes. Beat writer Bob Asmussen says it was the best he has ever seen Illinois play in his three decades covering the team.

First Take: Ohio State 52, Illinois 14

What happened

Game notes: Miller enters the fray at QB for the Illini

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Down two quarterbacks in practice this week, the Illinois coaches got walk-on Cam Miller ready to play.

Good thing.

The redshirt freshman from Chicago Brother Rice entered the game early in the fourth quarter after starter Chayce Crouch was hurt.

Runaway train: Buckeyes crush Illini

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Juice Williams wasn't there to save the day. No bucket of Gatorade dumped on the head coach.

Just another loss. A big one.

On a rainy Senior Day at Ohio State, Urban Meyer's team kept its College Football Playoff hopes alive with a 52-14 blowout win against Illinois.

"We were dominated in all phases (Saturday)," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said.

Bob Asmussen's Grades: Ohio State 52, Illinois 14

Player of the game: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett

LIVE! Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State scored on its first four drives to provide more of a lead than the No. 8 Buckeyes would need in their 52-14 victory against Illinois on a rainy Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

How they line up: Illinois at Ohio State

Illini (2-8 overall, 0-7 Big Ten)

7 Quarterback Chayce Crouch 6-4 230 Jr.
22 Running back Kendrick Foster 5-9 190 Sr.
8 Wide receiver Dominic Thieman 6-3 190 So.
13 Wide receiver Caleb Reams 6-2 250 So.
4 Wide receiver Ricky Smalling 6-1 195 Fr.

Odenigbo: 'The trash talk is real'

His first name is Otitodilinna, but he goes by Tito (Odenigbo). The defensive lineman returns to his home state today for a game against the Buckeyes. Odenigbo is an effective part of the rotation, with a sack among his 26 tackles. What he really wants is to ruin Ohio State's CFP plans.

Talking points: Illinois at Ohio State

We asked Columbus Dispatch football beat writer Bill Rabinowitz his thoughts on the Buckeyes going into today's Illinois-Ohio State game at Ohio Stadium.

Any chance the Buckeyes get caught looking ahead to Michigan?