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It's been three years since the Illini knocked off the 10-0 Buckeyes with the mother of all gut-wrenching drives. Ohio State has largely taken care of business since that painful evening, outscoring Illinois 60-20 in the two games since, but laying the wood to the Fighting Zookers again would only help erase the awful memory of Juice, Mendenhall, Benn & Co. dancing on the 50.
The dullness of Memorial Stadium tends to bring out boring play from the Buckeyes, but if this squad can overcome that obstacle, this one won't be close. And a certain freshman quarterback will get a fitting introduction to Big Ten play.