The Fighting Illini (2-8 overall, 0-7 B1G West) and #8 Ohio State (8-2 overall, 6-1 B1G East) will battle for Illibuck rivalry trophy Saturday in Columbus.
Illinois lost to Indiana last Saturday in Champaign to Indiana, 24-14. The Buckeyes, who are still fighting for a spot in the College Football Playoff, beat Michigan State 48-3 last Saturday.
Louis Dorsey's 107 receiving yards against Indiana were the most by a true freshman tight end in Illinois history, the seventh most by any tight end in Illinois history. His 77-yard TD catch vs. the Hoosiers is the longest reception in Illinois history by a true freshman.
Game time is 2:30 on ABC.
>>Redbirds Go Into Senior Day Needing Win
It all comes down to this for the Redbirds, who need a victory to improve their win total to seven and potentially earn a spot in the FCS playoffs for the fourth-consecutive season. However, the task ahead of them is daunting with seven-time MVFC champion and fourth-ranked North Dakota State heading to Hancock Stadium on Senior Day.
The Redbirds lost in tough fashion to South Dakota State in Brookings last Saturday.
RB James Robinson scored a pair of touchdowns, including the game-tying score that sent the game to overtime at South Dakota State. Robinson rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries to up his season total to 837 yards, which ranks him third in the MVFC this season. His 11 touchdowns are tied for second overall, and his 83.7 yards per game are fourth-most among league ball carriers.
This week's matchups is the third straight against a top-25 opponent for ISU.
Game time is noon from Hancock Stadium.
>>Eastern Illinois Wraps Up Season At Austin Peay
The Eastern Illinois Panters will return from their bye-week and will look to wrap up the season in winning fashion when they take on Austin Peay on Saturday.
Likely out of the playoff picture, the Panthers will at least have a winning season as they enter action 6-4 overall.
The 7-4 Governor's still have an outside chance at the postseason, so Senior Day in Clarksville, TN will be a meaningful game.
Game time Saturday is 4 pm. Hear the action The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.