Ohio State's Nov. 28 Game at Illinois Set for Noon Kickoff on FS1

By Dan Hope on November 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Tuf Borland vs. Illinois

Ohio State's Thanksgiving weekend game time has officially been set.

The Buckeyes' Nov. 28 road game at Illinois is scheduled to kick off at noon and will be televised on FS1, the Big Ten announced Sunday.

It will be Ohio State's second straight noon game and third noon game of the season, with at least one more to come against Michigan. Playing in the Central time zone, it will be Ohio State's first game to kick off at 11 a.m. local time since its last trip to Illinois in 2015.

Even though the game is on FS1, Fox's lead commentary crew of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft will be calling the action from Champaign.

Ohio State's trip to Champaign will mark the first time since 1934 that the Buckeyes will play a team other than Michigan during the fourth week of November. Because the Big Ten delayed the start of this season, this year's Ohio State/Michigan game is set for Dec. 12 – still the final week of the regular season, but two weeks later than usual.

It will be the Buckeyes' first game against Illinois since 2017, when they defeated the Illini 52-14, and their first trip to Champaign since 2015, when Ohio State defeated Illinois 28-3.

Illinois is off to a 2-3 start this season. After losing their first three games of the year against Wisconsin, Minnesota and Purdue, the Fighting Illini earned their first win of the season two Saturdays ago against Rutgers, then followed that up this weekend with a 41-23 win over Nebraska.

Ohio State, which will be playing just its second road game of the year after its game last weekend against Maryland was canceled, will be looking to improve to 5-0 after earning a 42-35 win over Indiana on Saturday.

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