By Andy Andersen
Michigan faced their venerable old Big Ten foe, Illinois in Champaign Saturday. While Illinois featured no Red Grange, or Dick Butkus, and the Wolverines no Tom Harmon or Charles Woodson in their lineups, there was a strenuous competition with plenty of talent on the field for both sides. Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Nathan Scheelhaase can provide football fireworks with the best of them. One hundred thirty two points in last year’s three overtime 67-65 classic is all the proof needed.
There was plenty at stake this year. The Wolverines are still in the Legends chase statistically, although that possibility became more moot with the loss last week to Iowa. They needed desperately to add to their 7 wins on the season to erase visions of similarity with their slides the past three years.
Ron Zook’s Illini opened the season with six straight wins but could not stand that much prosperity, and promptly engineered a three game losing streak which had erased much of the early season euphoria and the national ranking gained by that spectacular opening.