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Opponent Links: Week 12, Illinois

Read up on Northwestern's week 12 opponent: Illinois.

- The Illinois-Northwestern rivalry has grown in recent years. Here's our article from Big Ten Media Days on Illinois' view of the growing rivalry.

- Defensive end Justin Staples wore No. 61 on senior day to honor his father.

- Illinois continued a tradition of losing on senior day with its loss to Purdue.

- Terry Hawthorne has emerged as an underclassman leader for the Illini.

- Illini kickers know the value of extra points.

- Illinois looks to send its seniors off with a win.

- Tom Fornelli of the Illini blog "The Champaign Room" did Q&A's with Sippin on Purple and with InsideNU.

- Our breakdown of the Fighting Illini.