>>Illinois Puts Unbeaten Mark Up Against Ohio State
(Champaign, IL) -- Illinois will put its unbeaten mark on the line Saturday afternoon against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium. The Fighting Illini are a perfect 6-and-0 on the season after last Saturday's 41-20 triumph over Indiana. The Buckeyes have dropped two straight to Michigan State and Nebraska to slip to 3-and-3 on the season. Illinois will play at Purdue next Saturday.
>>Bears Battle Vikes In NFC North Affair At Soldier Field
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings will collide in an NFC North tilt on "Sunday Night Football" at Soldier Field. The Bears, who have dropped three of their last four games, are coming off a 24-13 loss to the unbeaten Detroit Lions on "Monday Night Football." Jay Cutler tossed two touchdowns and Matt Forte rumbled for 116 yards as Chicago fell to 2-and-3. Chicago has lost only one game at home this season, but comes into the contest winless in divisional action. The Vikings snapped a four-game losing streak to start the season with a 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week in Minneapolis. Adrian Peterson had three scores via the ground and a season-high 122 yards in the win. It marked just the second time in franchise history that Minnesota scored 28 points in the first quarter. Chicago beat the Vikes in both meetings last season.
>>Winless Rams Play Unbeaten Packers
(Green Bay, WI) -- The St. Louis Rams face a stiff test if they are to get their first win of the season as they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The 0-and-4 Rams are coming off a bye week, but still lost cornerback Bradley Fletcher to a season-ending ACL injury in practice. QB Sam Bradford has been sacked 18 times in four games. The Pack rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat the Falcons 25-14 in Atlanta in a rematch of last year's Divisional Playoffs. Aaron Rodgers has 14 TD passes and just two picks thus far, with a QB-rating of 122.9.
>>Chase Shifts To Charlotte
(Concord, NC) -- After four races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards owns the slimmest of leads heading into Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. Edwards is one point ahead of Kevin Harvick and four clear of last week's winner Jimmie Johnson as the drivers reach the halfway point of the Chase. Johnson put on a dominating performance but had to hold off Kasey Kahne during a green-white-checkered finish to win last week's race. The five-time Sprint Cup champion should have the upperhand this week, as he owns six titles in Charlotte, including three wins in the last seven fall races. Last year, Jamie McMurray won the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.