Illini and the odds during their run at Ohio Stadium

Illini and the odds during their run at Ohio Stadium

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Illinois has not only beat Ohio State seven of the last 10 visits to Columbus, it has also outplayed Las Vegas oddsmakers. Here are the point spreads for the seven most recent Illini wins at Ohio Stadium:

1988    Illinois 31-12    Ohio State by 13
1990    Illinois 31-20    Even
1992    Illinois 18-16    Ohio State by 10
1994    Illinois 24-10    Ohio State by 6
1999    Illinois 46-20    Ohio State by 10
2001    Illinois 34-22    Illinois by 1
2007    Illinois 28-21    Ohio State by 15

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cjcohen wrote on September 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I agree with the above comment, the timing of those games was a major factor. If we'd played @ Michigan the week before the Ohio State-Michigan game, odds are UI would have had similar success.

Here's another possible reason for the UI's success in Columbus before the '07 game: better quarterbacking.