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Illinois vs. Michigan 2016: Live Updates, Analysis, Highlights, and Discussion

Follow along with our live blog during today's game!

Welcome to the TCR GameThread! The Fighting Illini will return home to Champaign on Saturday to face the Michigan Wolverines, and Steve Bourbon (@steve_bourbon) will be covering the action for us. Make sure to refresh this page throughout the game for updates and analysis on the Orange and Blue.

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We'll have a recap up shortly after the game concludes; all post-game discussion should take place there. Go Illini!

Pregame Thoughts

I'll keep this brief because this might be the least interesting game of the entire season. Even at full strength, Illinois would be facing long odds against Michigan in Ann Arbor. Now add in the fact that Jeff George Jr. will be making his first career start and this point spread can't be high enough (for those wondering it was at 36 earlier in the week). Brace yourself folks, because this one is going to be ugly.