Illinois vs. No. 3 Michigan

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters before watching No. 3 Michigan finish off Illinois 41-8 Saturday.

The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) were leading 34-0 in the fourth quarter when Jim Harbaugh put backup quarterback John O'Korn in the game and rested Speight.

The Fighting Illini (2-5, 1-3) were relegated to starting their third-string quarterback with a familiar name. Jeff George Jr., son of the former Illinois and NFL quarterback, was 4 of 15 for 95 yards with a TD, an interception and a fumble in his first start. The redshirt freshman played because Wes Lunt and Chayce Crouch are injured.

Speight, who completed 16 of 23 passes, threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jake Butt and a 21-yard pass to Tyrone Wheatley Jr. for a score in the first quarter. Khalid Hill's ninth touchdown and De'Veon Smith's 4-yard run gave the Wolverines a 28-0 lead after their first four possessions.

Eddie McDoom #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tries
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Eddie McDoom #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Frank Sumpter #23 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines loses
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines loses his helmet and the ball while being tackled by Dillan Cazley #8 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first quarter on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) is upended
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Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) is upended by Illinois defensive back Stanley Green during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Michigan running back Chris Evans, bottom left, loses
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Michigan running back Chris Evans, bottom left, loses his helmet and fumbles the ball after being hit by Illinois defensive lineman Carroll Phillips, right, in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Evans suffered a concussion from the play and left the game.

Eddie McDoom #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tries
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Eddie McDoom #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Frank Sumpter #23 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jake Butt #88 of the Michigan Wolverines talks
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Jake Butt #88 of the Michigan Wolverines talks with head coach Jim Harbaugh while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines prepares to talk to a side judge while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits
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Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines waits for a play to come in from the sideline during the first quarter while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines runs
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Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a touchdown after a first-quarter catch against the Illinois Fighting Illini of the Michigan Wolverines on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines throws
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Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a first quarter pass while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan running back De'Veon Smith (4) leaps toward
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Michigan running back De'Veon Smith (4) leaps toward the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates
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Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a first quarter touchdown with teammates while playing Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines jumps
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Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines jumps over Julian Jones #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during a first-quarter run on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines jumps
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Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines jumps over Julian Jones #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during a first-quarter run on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

4. Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan, Jr.

Jabrill Peppers kept on doing his best Charles
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Jabrill Peppers kept on doing his best Charles Woodson impression on Saturday in Michigan's rout of Illinois. The junior had two tackles and 72 all-purpose yards (58 return, nine rushing, five receiving) in the 41-8 victory. Peppers has 40 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 2 1/2 sacks, six QB hurries, 402 return yards, 107 rush yards and three total touchdowns in seven games. The Wolverines will need Peppers at his best in all three phases when at Michigan State on Saturday. Last week: 4

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines tries
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to outrun Patrick Nelson #21 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first quarter on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Khalid Hill #80 of the Michigan Wolverines plows
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Khalid Hill #80 of the Michigan Wolverines plows over the goal line for a first-quarter touchdown while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sideline while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines runs
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Tyrone Wheatley #17 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a touchdown after a first-quarter catch against the Illinois Fighting Illini of the Michigan Wolverines on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines tries
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to outrun Patrick Nelson #21 of the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first quarter on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field to play the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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