Paul Sullivan: Once in the driver’s seat, Illinois needs an unlikely win at the Big House to stay alive in the muddled Big Ten West

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CHICAGO — The Big Ten season once again should come down to The Game, a sure sign normalcy has been restored in Middle America. But before No. 3 Michigan takes on No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 26 in Columbus, Ohio, both teams are obligated to play this weekend, with the Wolverines hosting Illinois in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Buckeyes traveling to Maryland. Barring twin catastrophes, the battle of Big Ten unbeatens should be set and the sport’s greatest rivalry will resume in the Horseshoe, same as it ever was. Only a couple of weeks ago, the Michigan-Illinois game looked like one of the weekend’s …

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