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Snap Reactions: Michigan D turning into team strength

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to all the Big Ten games. Get Dienhart’s thoughts from today’s earlier games here and read his analysis from Michigan’s 45-0 victory over Illinois in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: Go ahead and book that trip to Indy] Michigan 45, Illinois 0 1. The Wolverines continue to roll and be one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten with a second conference victory in a row. Don’t you get the feeling that Michigan is getting hot at the right time and benefited from

Michigan dominates, shuts out Illinois, 45-0

Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading No. 25 Michigan in a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday. The Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) got a scare when Robinson left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter. He missed just one-plus possessions, though, and returned to score on a 6-yard run to put Michigan up 17-0 late in the first half. Robinson, who wouldn’t elaborate on the injury after the game, ran for a 49-yard score – giving him 10,000-plus career yards of offense – on the Wolverines’ first drive of

3rd quarter recap: Michigan 38, Illinois 0

Michigan picked up 94 yards in the ground game during the third quarter, and the Wolverines now lead 38-0. Michigan held Illinois to nine total yards in the quarter. The Wolverines added to their advantage when Denard Robinson scrambled for a 49-yard touchdown run, the last of a six-play, 74-yard drive to give Michigan the lead, 24-0. The Wolverines made their lead 31-0 when Robinson threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess on the last play of a four-play, 27-yard drive. Michigan started in good field position when Kenny Demens intercepted Reilly O’Toole’s pass. The Wolverines expanded their lead

2nd quarter recap: Michigan 17, Illinois 0

Michigan gained 79 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wolverines now lead 17-0. Michigan opened up the lead, 17-0, after marching down the field for a nine-play, 68-yard drive that ended when Denard Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a six-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines threw just one time on that possession. Michigan will receive to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER] EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, posts recaps after every quarter of every Big Ten football game. Use the

1st quarter recap: Michigan 10, Illinois 0

Michigan got things going through the air, passing for 110 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan scored when Denard Robinson and Jeremy Gallon combined for a 71-yard touchdown to clinch a five-play, 85-yard drive, giving the Wolverines the game’s first lead. Michigan expanded its lead to 10-0 thanks to a nine-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Brendan Gibbons kicked an 18-yard field goal. The Wolverines squandered an opportunity to score a touchdown, missing a chance to score from Illinois’ one-yard line before settling for the field goal. The Fighting

Week 7 Previews: Leaders Division battle tops list

Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons. I’ll be tracking all of the games and filing my usual Snap Reactions. Follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart and drop me any questions at the bottom o this post. Be sure to also bookmark any of these links and get in-game updates on Saturday: Illinois

Week 7: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After six weeks, it’s fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13, while Brent sits two games back. See our Week 7 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS fans: 44-13; .772 Tom: 44-13; .772 Brent: 42-15; .737 Iowa (3-2, 1-0) at Michigan State (4-2, 1-1) – noon ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The

Dienhart: 12 questions for Week 7

Week 7 is at our doorstep, but the questions keep coming. Here are my most vexing queries for each Big Ten team with Saturday just around the corner. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag. [RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings | Week 7 Player Rankings | Week 7 Bowl Projections] Illinois Can the defense get on track? In each of the last three games, the Fighting Illini defense has yielded at least 31 points. And the defense has allowed at least 400

Hoke, staff to wear ChuckStrong T-shirts to game

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke recently bought 50 ChuckStrong T-shirts that he and his coaching staff will wear to Saturday’s game against Illinois. The Indianapolis Colts created the shirts last week to raise money for charity in support of their first-year head coach Chuck Pagano, who is on leave while he battles leukemia. [Editor’s note: The first version of this story indicated Hoke and staff would wear the shirt during the game. That is not the case.] Brady Hoke ordered 50 #chuckstrong shirts and he and his staff will wear them to Saturdays game vs Illinois. #colts. Very nice Brady!