Update: Ohio State has canceled Saturday’s football game at Illinois because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the No. 4 Buckeyes’ program and has paused all team-related activities indefinitely after additional positive tests were revealed Friday evening, the school announced.
No. 3 Ohio State continues to put points up and will look to continue the momentum against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.
The problem, though, last week was the Buckeyes (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) had a comfortable four-touchdown lead early in the second half and had to survive an Indiana comeback to escape with a 42-35 win.
In their previous game, the Buckeyes allowed Rutgers to score 24 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Illini have won two straight.
Illinois (2-3, 2-3) running backs Mike Epstein and Chase Brown each had more than 100 rushing yards last week, together accounting for 223 yards and three TDs. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes defense shut down Indiana’s running game, holding three Hoosiers backs to a combined 20 yards and zero touchdowns. However, the unit has been more vulnerable against the pass.
The game kicks off at 11 a.m. (noon ET) and will be live streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial. FS1 will televise the game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ohio State: WR Garrett Wilson has 100-plus receiving yards in each of the first four games. Last week against Indiana, the sophomore caught seven for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 16 1/2 yards per catch.
Illinois: QB Brandon Peters threw for one touchdown and ran for another in his first game in nearly a month because of COVID-19. He was 18 of 25 for 205 yards and threw to seven different receivers.
FACTS & FIGURES: Ohio State has won the last eight games in the series. … The teams are playing for the Illibuck Trophy, the carved wooden turtle that has been awarded to the winner of the Ohio State/Illinois game since 1925. … Ohio State’s Justin Fields is fourth in the nation in quarterback efficiency. … Illinois’ defense had five takeaways at Nebraska (three interceptions, two fumbles). … The Illini started four different quarterbacks in their first four games. … Illinois LB Jake Hansen is one of the three players in the country with multiple interceptions, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. … Illinois leads the Big Ten in rushing yards (1,112) and ranks second in rushing yards per game (222.4), behind Ohio State (233.3). … Buckeyes RB Master Teague III is averaging 95 rushing yards per game and had 100-yard efforts against Penn State and Indiana. … The Illini are second in the nation in both turnover margin (+2.0) and fumble recoveries (10). … Peters and TE Griffin Moore were both sidelined for 21 days following positive COVID-19 tests on Oct. 29.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.