Illinois vs. Ohio State 2012 game previews, TV schedule, odds and more

Kirk Irwin

Ohio State looks to keep its perfect season going in Columbus.

One of only six undefeated teams left in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes have survived a number of close calls. Just two weeks ago they survived an overtime game against Purdue that the Boilermakers led almost wire-to-wire.

Last week the Buckeyes looked more to form in calmly dispatching a hot Penn State team at home. Now the Buckeyes will host an Illinois team that is coming off of a loss to Indiana and is 0-4 in conference play. The Fighting Illini have lost five games in a row overall and have not scored more than 24 points in any of those games.

Illinois' offense rates 118th at the FBS level averaging only 18 points per game. That average is buoyed by a 44-0 victory Illinois owns over Charleston Southern for their last victory. Ohio State, in turn, is averaging a healthy 38.6 points per game, good for 21st in the country. As a result, the Buckeyes are a heavy favorite at home.

Game time, TV channel: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Point spread: Ohio State favored by 24 points.

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