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.

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?

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.

Welcome home: Crouch back under center for the Illini

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Growing up 40 miles from the Ohio State campus, you might think Chayce Crouch is a big Buckeyes fan. Not so much.

But the Illinois quarterback has always wanted to play at Ohio Stadium. Today, he gets his chance.

A source told The News-Gazette that Crouch will start today's game against the No. 8 Buckeyes.

Final Word: 'I've always rooted against Ohio State'

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lovie Smith won't need directions to Ohio Stadium today.

He used to work there.

Way back in 1995, the Illinois coach spent a season on John Cooper's Ohio State staff. Smith worked with the defensive backs for the man who was his coach at Tulsa.

Former Illini great J.C. Caroline dies

Former Illini football star J.C. Caroline, the man Illinois legend Ray Eliot called “ the best all-around athlete I ever had in 26 years of coaching” died Friday at Carle Foundation Hospital. He was 84.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 17, 2017

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