After three weeks of nonconference play, Ohio State is No. 1 in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage.
Illinois was 3-0 when current Fighting Illini head coach Ron Zook was an assistant on John Cooper's staff at Ohio State from 1988-90.
Ohio State has won or shared four consecutive Big Ten championships.
Terrelle Pryor posted the fifth-best total offense game in Ohio State history last Saturday against Toledo. The sophomore threw for 262 yards and ran for 110. Art Schlichter hold the school record with 412 total yards against Florida State in 1981.
Illinois has won 7 of the last 10 times it has played at Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State has nine plays from scrimmage this season that have gained 20 yards or more (two rushes, seven passes), and five of them occurred last week against Toledo.
Illinois is 10th in the Big Ten in scoring defense (27 points per game) and total defense (420 yards per game).
Illinois is last (11th) in the Big Ten in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed (339.5 yards per game).
There are 14 Fighting Illini from the state of Ohio: defensive lineman Daryle Ballew (Cincinnati Withrow), receiver Jeff Cumberland (Columbus Brookhaven), offensive lineman Jake Feldemeyer (Centerville), running back Bud Golden (Cincinnati Sycamore), receiver Steve Hull (Cincinnati Sycamore), defensive lineman Antonio James (Massillon Washington), defensive lineman Tim Kynard (Toledo St. John's), defensive lineman Whitney Marcilus (Akron Garfield), offensive lineman Ryan Palmer (Canton GlenOak), receiver Cordale Scott (Cleveland Glenville), linebacker Justin Staples (Lakewood St. Edward), offensive lineman Hugh Thornton (Oberlin), defensive back Ashante Williams (Mayfield) and defensive lineman Sirod Williams (Garfield Heights). Defensive tackle Garrett Goebel of Lombard Montini Catholic is the only Buckeye from Illinois.
Ohio State and Illinois will meet for the 96th time on a football field. Ohio State holds a 61-30-4 advantage in the all-time series, which was not interrupted from 1914-2002.
Twice Pryor has run for 110 yards in a game as a Buckeye, including last Saturday against Toledo to match his career high. He first set the high last season against Illinois.
Pryor leads the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 263 yards per game. Last season, Juice Williams led the conference in total offense during conference play with 319.4 yards per game.
Illinois gained 455 yards in defeat against Ohio State last season.