Forget the fact that Michigan has stumbled its way to a 7-5 record to open its season because none of that is going to be on anyone's mind come Tuesday afternoon's conference opener in Ann Arbor.
The non-conference season is in the books.
There's no better way to keep the confidence up heading into conference play than a 48-point win.
Big plays and big problems buried the Illini in their first bowl game under Tim Beckman.
Illinois goes for a postseason win against Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Here's what you should be paying attention to when the Illini take the field.