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Illinois vs. Michigan 2012: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

Illinois travels to Michigan as heavy underdogs to pick up its first Big Ten win.

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The Illinois Fighting Illini look to pick up their first conference win as they travel to the Big House of the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.

Illinois searches for that first conference win after struggling to be competitive over the last three weeks. Two 28-point losses low-light the Illini schedule, and the matchups don't look to favor them this week. Nathan Scheelhaase captains the offense at quarterback, and has played the last three games after suffering an ankle injury. Scheelhaase has completed 63% of his passes on the year, but has thrown five interceptions to just three touchdowns.

The Illini offense is averaging 339 yards per game, which ranks 101st nationally. Facing them on the other side of the ball is Michigan's 19th-ranked defense, including holding opponents to a seventh-best 155 passing yards per game.

The talented Denard Robinson keys the Michigan offense. Robinson has passed for 942 yards and rushed for 676 for 11 combined touchdowns. The strong Woverines run game will go against an Illinois defense that gives up just 125 rushing yards per game.

Date/Time: Sat., Oct. 13, 2:30 p.m. CT


Odds: Michigan is favored by 23.5 points

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