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No. 25 Michigan vows to focus on only Illinois with game against rival Michigan State looming

Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he doesn't think his team will have any problems focusing on Illinois while a highly anticipated matchup looms against rival Michigan State next week.

The 25th-ranked Wolverines are favored by more than two touchdowns to beat the Fighting Illini on Saturday at home.

Michigan is coming off a 44-13 victory at Purdue and has steadily improved since opening with a lopsided loss to Alabama. Illinois, meanwhile, has lost three straight games by a combined score of 118-45 and four games this year by an average of 26 points.

The Wolverines insist they're taking the Illini seriously because they're one of the teams to beat in a quest to end a Big Ten title drought that dates to 2004.

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