Illinois vs. Michigan: 5 Keys for the Fighting Illini

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Illinois vs. Michigan: 5 Keys for the Fighting Illini
Photographer: Robert K. O'Daniell / illinihq.com

There were few college football games packed with more action last season than the 2010 Illinois vs. Michigan showdown.

It was a game in which defense was pretty much non-existent and offense flourished. In fact, Michigan's 67-65 triple overtime victory marked the Big Ten all-time record for points in a game, besting the previous record set in 1902 when Michigan beat Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) 119-0.

The two school's basketball teams couldn't even put up that much offense against one another last season. While the football teams combined for 132 points, the basketball teams combined for 106 and 115 in their two games.

The Fighting Illini are on a three game losing streak, after their impressive 6-0 start to the season. Much like their game against Penn State, two weeks ago, this is a crucial game for Illinois if they want to save their season and finish strong.

Here are five keys to the game for the Fighting Illini.

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