November 16, 2017

The Show in The Shoe: Season Finale vs. Illini


Nov. 16, 2017

For as long as those mid-quarter TV timeouts seem to last, upon reflection it truly is amazing how quickly a football season and career can fly by. Saturday, Ohio Stadium once again serves as the stage to salute 19 Buckeye seniors as they spend their final 60 minutes performing before the best fans in the land.

Thank You Seniors
Be sure to arrive early and make your way to your seats to welcome in the 2017 senior class. Including the fifth-year seniors, the group has piled up an impressive slate:

  • 57-6 overall record since 2013
  • 37-3 in B1G games since 2013
  • Two outright B1G Division championships (2013 and 2014)
  • Two B1G East co-championships (2015 and 2016)
  • 2014 B1G Champions
  • 2014 National Champions

It’s the Illibuck game!
The winner of the Ohio State/Illinois game is awarded with the Illibuck, a wooden replica of a turtle. The tradition began with a live turtle in 1925. The Illibuck is the second oldest trophy exchanged in the B1G, behind the Little Brown Jug between Minnesota and Michigan. This is Ohio State’s only “trophy” game during the regular season.

In fact, Illinois ranks as the second-oldest in Ohio State annals behind the rivalry with TTUN. The Buckeyes and Illini are meeting for the 103rd time in a series that started in 1902. Only Ohio State’s series against TTUN, which started in 1897 and which has seen 113 games, is older and lengthier than the Illinois series. Ohio State and Illinois played every year for 89 consecutive years, between 1914 and 2002.

Butkus Bravo
Two legendary Buckeye linebackers will be on hand Saturday, celebrating their anniversary seasons winning the Butkus Award. Be ready to put your hands together for 2007 recipient James Laurinaitis and 1997 winner Andy Katzenmoyer.

Fan Fest: Always a Favorite
Outside St. John Arena in Remembrance Park, is Fan Fest. This area offers plenty of pregame fun for all ages as well as free food samples. This week, activities will get underway early around noon.

Buckeye Walk/Skull Session
Don’t miss the initial team trek from The Blackwell hotel through Skull Session at St. John Arena and then the North Rotunda into Ohio Stadium. Be sure to arrive early … 1 p.m. to be safe. You won’t want to miss the thunderous entrance into St. John Arena as TBDBITL warms up for Saturday’s performance.

Eyes to the Sky
Wet weather is expected Saturday, meaning jackets will be in hand. Please take notice of the tips below to assist in a swift entrance into the stadium and into your seats:

  • Open and unzip jackets
  • Take out gloves, hats or other bulky items from your pockets and carry

Reminders: Parking, No Bags and Be the Best Fans