Illini, Ohio St traditionally battle on the ground - KMOV.com

Illini, Ohio St traditionally battle on the ground

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The annual battle between Ohio State and Illinois is usually decided on the ground.

In 2007, the Illini upset the top-ranked Buckeyes behind the running of Rashard Mendenhall and Juice Williams. Two years ago, it was Ohio State and Beanie Wells.

On Saturday, the No. 2 Buckeyes (4-0) figure Illinois will stick to that script.
  
Safety Jermale Hines and linebacker Ross Homan say any team with an athletic quarterback like Nathan Scheelhaase and a top back like Mikel Leshoure is likely to run.
  
The Buckeyes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor might just take to the air. Pryor is coming off a five-touchdown game. And Illinois is down two starters in its secondary.
  
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