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Illinois duo will challenge U-M defense

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It was one of the most offensive games in college football history -- from a production standpoint if you like offense and from a disgust standpoint if you're a fan of defense.

Michigan 67, Illinois 65, three overtimes. That was the scoreline a season ago. Don't expect that this time -- both teams have better defenses than what they fielded a season ago.

But for Michigan to beat Illinois and have momentum going into its final two games, at home against Nebraska and Ohio State, it'll need to do these four things effectively: