Buckeyes Roll Early Over Illini, Eye MSU

DSC_0495-16No. 13 Ohio State took care of business by pounding Illinois 55-14 on Saturday night.

Now the Buckeyes can finally talk about the game of the year in the Big Ten next week at Michigan State. The Spartans ended a 24-game Ohio State win streak with a 34-24 victory in last year’s conference title game.

“The dream was ripped away from us, ripped away by a very good team,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

He added that his team wouldn’t require any rah-rah speeches in the coming days as the team prepares to travel to East Lansing.

“We’re going to face a very good team that we have a lot of respect for. It’s all about the most prepared team; that’s (who’s) going to win this game,” he said. “We’ll do our part about motivation. But this is a motivated team.”

Curtis Samuel ran for two touchdowns and J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on two scoring passes – all in the first half – as the Buckeyes put first things first in the easy win over the Illini.

It extended their Big Ten win streak to a record-tying 20.

The Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0, No. 16 CFP) won their sixth in a row – five by lopsided scores.

No. 8 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0, No. 8 CFP) has also won its last six. The Spartans will be coming off a bye week.

“It was right when we got in the locker room,” linebacker Darron Lee said. “We usually have our coaches talk about who was good on O, D and ST. We skipped that. We know what’s coming up this week. It’s on. Honestly.”

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