Illini, Ohio St traditionally battle on the ground -

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 six-touchdown game, including four through the air, and Illinois is down two starters in its secondary.
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