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Michigan vs. Illinois Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

Looking for a Michigan vs. Illinois prediction and preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the pivotal Big Ten matchup.

Saturday, October 22, the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4) take on the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (6-0). The game will be played at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. Read on for our Michigan vs. Illinois prediction and preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Michigan wins the matchup between the two teams 98.6% of the time. The spread suggests that the Wolverines are favored to win the contest.

Spread: Michigan -36

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Channel: Big Ten Network

Michigan vs. Illinois preview:

Michigan enters this contest coming off of a bye week. The Wolverines will be well-rested, which does not bode well for the Fighting Illini. Michigan is the better team, let alone coming off of extra rest. Before their bye week the Wolverines dismantled Rutgers in an embarrassing 78-0 beatdown. The only close game Michigan has played this season came against then No. 8 Wisconsin, a game in which the Wolverines won 14-7, but could have won by more had it not been for missed field goals.

Much like Michigan, Illinois' last win came against the Scarlet Knights. Unlike Michigan's win, the Fighting Illini won by 17 points, rather than 78 points. Illinois dropped four in a row before finally getting back in the win column last weekend.

Michigan and Illinois have played 94 times in history, with the Wolverines owning a 69-23-2 advantage. 

Michigan vs. Illinois prediction:

Michigan is by far the better team. Lovie Smith is now in charge of Illinois, and he will turn the program around, but it won't be this week against the Wolverines. Michigan just has too much depth for Illinois to compete.

This one won't be close, and Michigan will continue its charge for the College Football Playoff.

Michigan 45, Illinois 17