|Carlos Hyde carried Ohio State to an easy victory. (US Presswire)|
OHIO STATE WON: Ohio State has had a tendency to play down to opponents this season. Just look at its games against Purdue, Indiana, Cal, UCF ... the list goes on and on. That wasn't the case today, though, as the Buckeyes used a 24-point second quarter to put Illinois to bed early in Columbus and improve to 10-0 on the season.
As has been the case for most of the season, it was Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde doing most of the damage for the Ohio State offense. Hyde scored three touchdowns in the first half and finished the day with 137 yards rushing. Braxton Miller threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 73 yards and a third score. While Illinois managed to score 22 points, one of its two touchdowns came on defense, and the Illini managed only 170 yards of offense on the day.
WHY OHIO STATE WON: Ohio State is just a much better football team than Illinois, and for once it played like it. There's no one area to point out as the reason the Buckeyes won this game. They played well on both sides of the ball, though I'm sure Urban Meyer will let his team hear about the two turnovers that led to Illinois touchdowns.
WHEN OHIO STATE WON: When Braxton Miller hit Rod Smith for a 51-yard touchdown pass with just under 6 minutes left in the first half to make the game 24-6, you knew Ohio State would be keeping the coveted Illibuck Trophy.
WHAT OHIO STATE WON: The Buckeyes just keep on keeping on. The dream of a split national title remains alive with the 10-0 start.
WHAT ILLINOIS LOST: Believe it or not, as terrible as Illinois has been in 2012, the Illini were still alive in the Leaders Division and still had a chance to get to a bowl game before this game. They can no longer say that.