Illinois enters the Big House as a 39-point underdog against No. 3 Michigan.
But huge upsets can’t happen without huge point spreads, right?
That’s what Lovie Smith and the Illini are hoping for. It’s the first meeting between the two schools since the 2012 season when Michigan was a 45-0 victor over a Tim Beckman-led Illinois team.
However, the Illini have had some success in Ann Arbor. An unranked Illinois team knocked off a ranked Michigan side at the Big House twice in the 1990s, and the Illini also won on their trip to Michigan Stadium in 2008.
The program recalled some of that success in a hype video it released for the game Friday.