Jody Victor®: Ohio State vs. Illinois

Jody Victor: The Buckeyes open their Big Ten play at home in Ohio Stadium against the Illini at 3:30 p.m. ET this Saturday. Televised on ABC. Here's some stats before the game…

* This is the 96th meeting between the schools in football: Ohio State leads the series, 61-30-4

* Since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913, Ohio State is 69-23-4 in conference openers

* Sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor leads the Big Ten in total offense at 263.0 yards per game

* Saturday will be Coach Jim Tressel's 300th career game as a head coach. Tressel is 85-20 in nine seasons at Ohio State and 220-77-2 in his 24th season overall

* Illinois coach Ron Zook was an Ohio State assistant from 1988-90. Saturday will be the third-consecutive week where Ohio State's opposing head coach was a former Ohio State assistant

* Ohio State has won at least 10 games in each of the last four year, played in the national championship game twice and two other BCS bowls

* Ohio State is the Big Ten preseason favorite, followed by Penn State and Michigan State

* Forty former Buckeyes were on 2009 NFL opening-day rosters

* Ohio State has won four Big Ten titles in a row

* Crowds of more than 100,000 have seen the last 50 games at Ohio Stadium

Illinois is 1-1 after opening the season with a 37-9 loss to Missouri before rebounding the next week to post a 45-17 win over Illinois State in Champaign. The Illini had a bye week last Saturday.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor