Yours truly, Adam Jardy filling in for an in-transit Matthew Hager today.
Thanks to the goings-on of last weekend, the Buckeyes find themselves in position to capture a Big Ten title, as the Dispatch writes. Illinois, on the other hand, is just trying to qualify for a bowl game as the Daily Herald has the facts. Along those lines, the Herald & Review has a look at how different the Ohio State-Illinois matchup is this season compared to last.
For OSU to earn a win, stopping Illinois quarterback Juice Williams will be key, as theToledo Blade writes. On the other side of the coin, Pantagraph.com has a look at how Terrelle Pryor could impact the game.
Along those lines, the News-Herald examines how the OSU passing attack has changed with Pryor unseating former starter Todd Boeckman.
If you live in Cincinnati and want to see Jim Tressel, Cincinnati.com tells you about an upcoming public speaking opportunity.
Strangely enough, TradingMarkets.com has a story on why OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman has had a rough week.
The OSU women's basketball kicked things off with a victory against Butler last night. We have all the game action here, but you can read more at the Dispatch, which also has a story on freshman point guard Samantha Prahalis.
In men's hockey news, the Buckeyes swept Robert Morris on the road, 4-0, as USCHO.com reports.
Stick with us all day for the latest as Ohio State takes on Illinois.
Friday, November 14
The Ohio State men's basketball team had its first exhibition game Thursday night, and the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Toledo Blade have the details of OSU's 90-63 victory.
The women's basketball Buckeyes begin their season tonight vs. Butler and the Dispatch has a story on the opener, as well as some notes on the game. Jim Foster's team is also the subject of a Plain Dealer story.
The Toledo Blade has a season-preview story on the Thad Matta's Buckeyes.
The Lima News has a feature story on how there is little down time for a Big Ten football coach.
The Mansfield News Journal has a story on criticism former OSU head coach Earle Bruce leveled on the offensive line during a radio show in Marion on Wednesday.
Ohio State's two-kicker system is the subject of a Plain Dealer story.
The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has a story on the Buckeyes wanting to pressure Illinois QB Juice Williams this weekend.
The Chicago Tribune has a story on Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, which includes a story on how he tried to recruit Ohio State freshman QB Terrelle Pryor.
Linebacker Brit Miller is the subject of a Chicago Tribune feature story.
The Chicago Sun-Times takes a look at what has, so far, been a disappointing season for the Fighting Illini.
Thursday, November 13
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on how pressuring Illinois QB Juice Williams could be key. The Dispatch also has an OSU notebook and some notes for people heading to Illinois this weekend.
The Mansfield News Journal has a story on how Terrelle Pryor is like Illinois' Juice Williams.
The Lima News has a story saying Ohio State wants to take advantage of the struggling Fighting Illini.
The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on Illinois' football team being on "The Journey" for the Big Ten Network and how that compares to the lack of access granted at Ohio State. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also has a story on how OSU head coach Jim Tressel is not much for reality TV.
The Associated Press (via the Dispatch has an NFL notebook, led with a note on former Buckeye A.J. Hawk. The AP (via the Dayton Daily News) also has a story on the Buckeyes being back in the Big Ten race.
The Canton Repository has a story on men's basketball Buckeye Jon Diebler.
Former Buckeye Drew Norman also has a feature story for the Dispatch on what it means to be an OSU student-athlete.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a story on the Fighting Illini and how they're used to being underdogs against Ohio State.
The Dispatch has a story on the Illini's struggles this season.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a story on how big pass plays rarely happen for and against Ohio State. Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer also has an OSU Insider notebook, as well as a blog note with an update on his fake Big Ten-SEC Challenge.
The Lorain Morning Journal has a story on the Buckeyes being back in the Big Ten title chase.
Terrelle Pryor's footwork is the subject of a Toledo Blade story.
The Lima News has a story on the rematch between Ohio State and Illinois.
The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has an OSU notebook.
The Chicago Tribune has a story on how trying to predict where Big Ten teams will go bowling is a guessing game.
The Chicago Sun-Times has some notes on the Fighting Illini.
The Dispatch has a story on how the Fighting Illini have struggled to build upon their 2007 success.
Tuesday, November 11
Former Buckeye offensive lineman T.J. Downing was arrested on drug-trafficking charges and a weapons violation Sunday and is schedule to be in court today. The Columbus Dispatch, Canton Repository and Cleveland Plain Dealer have the details.
The Columbus Dispatch has a story on how Ohio State could return to a BCS bowl by winning its last two games. The Dispatch also has an Associated Press college football notebook, as well as a column by Bob Hunter on how rankings are only temporary at this point of the season.
The Plain Dealer has a note on Chris "Beanie" Wells being named the Big Ten offensive player of the week.
The Toledo Blade has a story on how the Buckeyes are two wins away from a fourth-straight Big Ten title.
The Associated Press (via the Dayton Daily News) has an OSU notebook.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a story on how the Fighting Illini surprised Ohio State last season with its passing attack.
Monday, November 10
The Columbus Dispatch has a look at how former Buckeyes and other central Ohioans fared in the NFL on Sunday, as well as an OSU Insider notebook. The Dispatch also has an Associated Press college football notebook.
For those who are disappointed by how this football season has gone, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has "The It Could Be Worse List." The Plain Dealer also has a look back at the week that was in college football.
The Morning Journal also has a college football notebook.
The Lima News has a story on how Penn State's loss affects OSU's bowl destination.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a story on how the Fighting Illini are looking for a season-saving win this weekend against the Buckeyes.
The Chicago Tribune has a story on how Illinois' rushing atack will be the key to the game.
Sunday, November 9
The Buckeye got back on track with a 45-10 wholloping of host Northwestern Saturday afternoon, and the Columbus Dispatch has plenty of coverage on its BuckeyeXtra page.
The Plain Dealer has notes on what some of its staffers will remember about the OSU-NU game. The Plain Dealer also has some bests from the game, as well as a diary from Ryan Field and a Bill Livingston column on how Chris "Beanie" Wells heated up the OSU offense on a cold afternoon.
The Lorain Morning Journal has an OSU notebook.
Jim Naveau of the Lima News has a column on some important numbers for the Buckeyes in their win over the Wildcats.
Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times has a column on how the Buckeyes are just more talented than NU.
The Fighting Illini were bucked by Western Michigan's Broncos in a non-conference game at Ford Field in Detroit Saturday afternoon. The Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Kalamazoo Gazette have game recaps.