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Mock draft: Picking the Big Ten's top 20 players

If you could have any Big Ten player, who would you take? We asked Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl to do a mock draft of the conference's best ... and their picks may surprise you.

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McShay: Smoot shows elite skills

Pass rushers are hard to find. That makes Illinois DE Dawaune Smoot a sought-after prospect for NFL scouts, according to ESPN's Todd McShay. McShay's Top 32 (Insider)

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Notre Dame highlights 10 ousted from playoff picture (1:20)
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Western Michigan vs. Illinois postgame break down (1:54)

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois' running game was nonexistent in a 34-10 loss against Western Michigan. The Illini carried 15 times for three yards. Even a 312-yard passing effort from QB Wes Lunt can't overcome that stat. Illinois is now 1-2 under Lovie Smith and has a needed bye week before playing at Nebraska to begin Big Ten play. The Illini have a long way to go.

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Illinois scores on reverse flea flicker

There's been plenty of MACtion so far in Champaign, as Western Michigan leads Illinois 24-7 at halftime. The bright spot for the Illini was this 56-yard reverse flea flicker for a TD.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Western Michigan looks like it's ready to join the Big Ten with the way it has played this season. The Broncos lead Illinois 24-7 at halftime on the road two weeks after beating Northwestern 22-21 in Evanston. Illinois has no ground game so far. The Illini have carried nine times for a total of one yard.

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Bogan outruns defender for 36-yard score (1:15)
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Western Michigan leads Illinois early

Broncos QB Zach Terrell threw down the sideline to star WR Corey Davis for a 44-yard gain to the 4-yard line, setting up a TD. WMU leads Illinois 7-0 in the first quarter.

Watch: Western Michigan at Illinois

Western Michigan has a 59.7 percent chance to beat Illinois, per ESPN's FPI. It would be the Broncos second win over a Big Ten foe this season after they knocked off Northwestern in Week 1. Live on ESPNEWS/WatchESPN

Mike Couzens ESPN College Football 

Chatted with Lovie Smith and his staff today. One big impression was that both OC Garrick McGee and DC Hardy Nickerson really believe in Smith. McGee was the offensive coordinator at Louisville last year and would have coached Heisman contender Lamar Jackson this year, but left to work with Smith. We'll see if they can get a win tomorrow against Western Michigan, the preseason favorite in the MAC.

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Dawuane Smoot makes Kiper's Big Board

The Illinois DE totaled eight sacks last season, which was five more than former teammate and 2015 Raiders' second-round pick Jihad Ward. Where does Smoot rank in Mel Kiper's list of the 25 best NFL draft prospects? Kiper's Big Board (Insider)

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Trubisky and Hollins connect for the TD (0:19)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina didn't play a perfect game, but the Tar Heels needed a win after a disappointing loss to Georgia in the season opener and were able to beat Illinois 48-23. T.J. Logan, who played so well against the Bulldogs, had three scores and now has five on the season. Last year, Logan had six total touchdowns. Though Illinois lost, there were some encouraging signs. Ke'Shawn Vaughn had 116 yards and a score and averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had an interesting play call to end the first half against Illinois. At the Illinois 2 with 2 seconds left before halftime, Fedora opted to try and score a touchdown rather than attempt a field goal. Mitch Trubisky threw incomplete to Mack Hollins, ending the half. The Tar Heels get the ball to start the second half and will try once again to establish the run -- something that hasn't been able to do yet in this game.

Team Stats

Passing Yards222.373rd
Rushing Yards157.388th
Points For28.377th
Points Against28.379th

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