The top-ranked Buckeyes are gearing up for the final home game of the 2007 season Saturday against Illinois (3:30 p.m., ABC) and head coach Jim Tressel sat down with the Columbus media on Thursday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

In addition to senior day, The Ohio State University and its Department of Athletics will honor the men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces Saturday with a variety of activities and recognitions before and during the game. The events have been planned as part of the Veteran’s Day (Nov. 12) celebration.