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Illinois Braces for Big, Physical NIU
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- When Illinois football coach Ron Zook looks at Northern Illinois he says he sees a Big Ten team.

That's because the Huskies (1-1) average over 300 pounds on their offensive line and rely on the run.

NIU will bring its Big Ten-style game to Illinois (1-1) Saturday aiming for the kind of upset the Mid-American Conference school has a knack for. The Huskies beat Purdue last fall and Alabama in 2003.

But what no one knows yet is whether NIU head coach Jerry Kill will be at Saturday's game.

Kill left a hospital Thursday after spending most of the week there with dehydration.

The game is the last chance for Illinois to get a second win before facing the heart of its Big Ten schedule: Ohio State and Penn State.

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