Fortunately for Thad Matta's Buckeyes, it was only an exhibition game. However, Ohio State did fall, 70-68, to Division II Findlay Tuesday night at Value City Arena. The Columbus Dispatch has a game recap, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Lima News also have stories on the loss.
The Plain Dealer has a story on Ohio State learning its lesson to not overlook Illinois after the Fighting Illini played the Buckeyes close in 2006, as does the Akron Beacon Journal, Canton Repository and Lorain Morning Journal.
The Associated Press (via the Mansfield News Journal) has a story on Ohio State not wanting to look ahead to Michigan.
The Dayton Daily News has a story on Bellbrook-native Austin Spitler and his work backing up James Laurinaitis and on special teams.
The Lima News has a story on how the 2007 season has had few surprises for Ohio State.
The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., has a story on Illinois head coach Ron Zook and his Ohio ties.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a story on Illinois kicker Jason Reda and how he is nearing his team's all-time scoring mark.
The Toledo Blade has a story on the improving Illini.
The Beacon News of suburban Chicago has a story on Illinois and how it is ready for No. 1 OSU.