Illini: Michigan's best shot at bowl eligibility -

Illini: Michigan's best shot at bowl eligibility

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Saturday's game between Michigan and Illinois could be a little like old times for Wolverine running back Carlos Brown. He started his first game two seasons ago against Illinois in Champaign.

But the senior and the Wolverines (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten) are looking forward to their date with the Illini for more than the chance to reminisce. They need a win to secure bowl eligibility.

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says his team also remembers last year's 45-20 loss to Illinois in Ann Arbor. That provides extra motivation.

The Illini are looking to end a five-game losing streak.

Illinois center Eric Block says the team just wants to get its first Big Ten win and get out of what he calls a bad spot.

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