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Illini try to tackle MSU's top-ranked defense

The Illinois football team hosts Michigan State Saturday, and the Spartans will bring the nation's No. 1 defense into Champaign. Michigan State is allowing less than 230 yards and only 13 points per game. It will be the biggest test so far for Illinois' high-powered offense.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois football team hosts Michigan State Saturday, and the Spartans will bring the nation's No. 1 defense into Champaign.  Michigan State is allowing less than 230 yards and only 13 points per game.  It will be the biggest test so far for Illinois' high-powered offense.

"We can play with these guys, and we're going to have a great week of practice this week and really focus on what it's going to take to get it done," said senior Ryan Lankford.  "It's going to be fun.  They are a physical defense, and you embrace that.  You gotta love the fact that guys are in your face talking trash.  It's part of the game."

Illinois and Michigan State kick off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC.
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