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Posted on Sun, Nov 6, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

Michigan-Illinois will kick off at 3:30 p.m., broadcast regionally on ABC

By Staff

The Michigan football team's game at Illinois on Saturday will kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST and be broadcast regionally by ABC.

In areas of the country that the game is not on ABC, it will be shown on ESPN.

Michigan (7-2, 3-2) is looking to rebound from a 24-16 loss at Iowa.

Illinois (6-3, 2-3) was off last week. They lost 10-7 to Penn State on Oct. 29, when Derek Dimke's 42-yard field goal attempt bounced off the upright as time expired.



Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

M coaches: Maybe, just maybe, for this game you can let Denard work from the shotgun, and use Devin only if we are ahead and not while Denard is trying to get momentum. Use the no-huddle, as someone wrote in this forum, and get our guys to start fast instead of having to catch up.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

I'm a Michigan fan but I have to say that Illinois looks a lot like Michigan right now. If the IL defense can "solve" Denard Robinson as a lot of teams have: they'll ruin Michigan's season and have something to be happy about. Michigan defense is good too: but the offense has been inconsistent with little or no game-to-game improvement. So this'll be a battle determined by the two defensive units. If both D-units have a good day: this will be a close, low-scoring game. The only difference between these 2 teams is (according to Illinois fans) that Coach Zook isn't competent but he has great coordinators. Here, we all love Coach Hoke but the offensive coordinator is beginning to catch some flack.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 4:46 p.m.

Borges, swallow your pride and start running Rich Rodriguez's offense. Auburn and Oregon ran it last year and made it to the BCS Championship. Rodriguez is considered a pioneer of a no huddle , run-oriented version of the spread offense , although a pass-first version was already being implemented by others. He first developed this offensive approach at Glenville State and refined it during his stops at Tulane with Shaun King , at Clemson with Woodrow Dantzler , and at West Virginia most notably with dual-threat quarterback Pat White . This strategy features frequent use of the shotgun formation . Rodriguez is also credited for inventing the zone read play run out of the shotgun formation.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 12:41 p.m.

Am glad this is a 3:30 start. I have been watching a lot of IL on TV this season. They were never good enough to be overwhelmed during their 6 game winning streak. Their offense can be greatly slowed down when they face a good defense. Their defense is sparadic and can look good at times. Overall, Michigan and IL match up very well on offense because the same can be said about the Wolverine offense. Michigan has the better defensive team. I don't expect this to be the same kind of shoot out we saw last year at the Big House. It might be something like the 2009 game where if Michigan can get and early lead, they should be able to hold off IL, this time around. It might be difficult to hold IL under 30 points but the Wolverine defense can make the big stop when they have to. If Michigan can score more then 30 points, we should win. Winning the turn over battle will be important. Perhaps both teams will cough the ball up, even if the weather is dry. Just because Michigan is coming off a loss, doesn't mean their doomed for the rest of season. As I have staed before, many fans cannot get over the perfect 1997-98 season. Each loss that has occurred since then drives many fans off the ledge. A loss is dissappointing to me but I try not to let let ruin my next day or next week. Ruining the rest of my day is the norm, like it was last Saturday.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 8:35 p.m.

Just FYI: did you know that Ill. has a defensive tackle who's No.1 with sacks in the nation? Denard has not settled down - even though he's gotten better protection at times. The Ill defense can easily rattle him. Hoke & Borges have purposely tried to slow him down: which so far just means he either waits too long to run or hurries & delivers another "trademark" terrible pass. #2: I basically agree on the topic of fan impatience but that's due partly to Michigan's big (self-generated) reputation being kicked to splinters for 3 (going on 4) years. Your solution is also mine: I try not to get worked up over something which is just entertainment. Still - we all want Michigan to come back. What bothers me is: here we are with one good chance at an 8-4 season and Michigan isn't showing improvement (or even potential) where / when they should be.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 2:23 a.m.

Come on, Jaxon. I agree that Illinois is a huge game this weekend, but Nebraska and ohio are "sure losses?" Based on what? Based on the fact that NW beat Nebraska in Lincoln and ohio squeaked by Indiana? Anything can happen on any given day, as we've seen (Minnesota over Iowa, NW over Neb), and road teams have struggled all year in the B1G. Michigan being at home in those two will be a huge advantage. Not saying they will definitely win either of them, but to say "sure losses" is a BIG stretch. That said, those two games are for a different day. UM's focus needs to be 100% on Illinois, especially after the Illini have spent two weeks preparing for this one.


Tue, Nov 8, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

I'll agree with both replies that the Illinois game is the most important game because it is the next game. Then, we'll see about Nebraska and Ohio State, when the time comes. Too early to say that Michigan will win out, or lose out. That remains to be seen.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 5:19 a.m.

Well said AZ. I'm not sure Jaxon would know how to function should Michigan win out. But I'm sure there would be something negative to be found.


Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 1:54 a.m.

This game should be titled "The Self-Respect Bowl". Both teams playing for pride now, as well as a decent bowl bid. Michigan better win this as it is their last clean shot at a win this season. Nebraska and OSU are sure losses. The teams in red have way too much going on for Michigan to handle.