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Few things have gone right for Illinois offensively over the last month, but the Fighting Illini have been able to stay competitive thanks to junior defensive ends Whitney Mercilus and Michael Buchanan, an aggressive one-two punch that No.15 Wisconsin will have to deal with Saturday in Champaign.

MADISON - Having been off the schedule for the past two seasons, senior captain Bradie Ewing afforded himself an extra few hours in the film room. A lot has changed for Ewing since he played the Illini, working solely on special teams units during the 2008 Homecoming victory in the team's last meeting, and his film study confirmed what he'd been hearing all along. Illinois' defensive ends are...

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