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Northwestern, Illinois Meet with Identical Records
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern started the season with Big Ten-title hopes. Illinois just wanted more wins than last season's two.

When they meet Saturday both will have four wins and no way to get to a winning record.

At Northwestern (4-7, 0-7 Big Ten) that means disappointment. Safety Jimmy Hall says the team is already using it as motivation to avoid a repeat next year.

But at Illinois (4-7, 1-6) there's modest optimism.

The Illini just broke a 20-game conference losing streak with a win at Purdue.

Coach Tim Beckman says his team has made some strides this fall.

Injured Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter's status for the game is up in the air. Illini signal-caller Nathan Scheelhaase will be aiming to break his school's career total-offense mark.
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