ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan plays host Saturday to an Illinois team that's beaten the Wolverines just five times in the past half-century.
The last Illini win came in 1999 at Ann Arbor, and it roused what had been a so-so 3-3 team. Illinois finished 8-4 and 24th in the country after beating Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl.
Illinois linebacker Brit Miller thinks Saturday's game could do the same for the 2-2 Illini. Daniel Dufrene, Illinois' leading rusher with 396 yards on 59 carries, is expected to start after spraining a joint in one of his shoulders.
The Wolverines defense is led by defensive end Brandon Graham, who forced two fumbles and had three sacks in last weekend's victory over Wisconsin.
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