Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/11/11

The 21/22 ranked Michigan Wolverines hit the road this week for a match up with Illinois. The complete game preview is available here: Game Preview. For the Extra Points just read on.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:36pm and the game will be televised on ABC minus play-by-play man Mike Patrick who is sick. He’ll be replaced by Justin Kutcher.

Jeremy Gallon

Michigan is in a 3-way tie for second place in the Legend’s Division with Iowa and Nebraska.

Michigan’s offense ranks 3rd in the Big Ten in total offense, rushing offense, points per game, red zone efficiency and third down efficiency.

Michigan continues to lead the nation in red zone defense.

Michigan has eclipsed 500 yards in 3 of their 5 Big Ten games.

With a win the Wolverines will even their road record at 2-2.

Here’s a feature on Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon: MGoBlue Jeremy Gallon Feature

Denard Robinson needs 3 touchdown passes to pass Tom Brady (35) and 5 to pass Todd Collins (37) on the school’s all-time list.

Robinson needs 2 rushing TDs to pass Tom Harmon and Billy Taylor (30) and 3 to pass Steve Smith (31).

Roy Roundtree needs 28 receiving yards to move past Jim Smith and into 15th place on Michigan’s all-time receiving list.

Junior Hemingway needs 37 receiving yards to move past Jim Mandich and into 19th place on the all-time list.

ESPN’s accuscore projects Illinois will win the game 28-26, teamrankings.com has the Illini winning 27-25.

True freshman Blake Countess is tied for the team lead with 5 PBUs and has 5+ tackles in 5 of the last 6 games.

Brady Hoke on Countess: “He plays pretty conscientious. He’s a pretty good technician: good hips, good feet.”

Craig Roh leads Michigan with 8 TFLs and 4 sacks.

[Godfrey: Big Ten Football Week 11 Preview]

Michigan ranks 2nd in the Big Ten and 7th nationally in scoring defense.

Michigan’s defense has forced 20 turnovers which ranks 2nd in the B1G and 17th nationally.

In B1G play the defense has held opponents to 18 of 61 (29.5%) on 3rd down conversions

When Michigan returns home from this trip they will close out the regular season by hosting Nebraska and Ohio State.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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