Michigan’s defense is playing at an elite level so far this season – anybody can see that.

Today, the Wolverines’ defense will likely have a feast. Bob Asmussen, Illinois’ beat writer for the Champaign News-Gazette, reported this afternoon that the Fighting Illini will be starting its third-string quarterback, Jeff George Jr., today.

“Neither last week’s starter Chayce Crouch or season-long starter, Wes Lunt, will play in the game,” Asmussen said.” George, son of former Illini great Jeff George Sr., will be backed up by walk-on Cam Miller and receiver Trenard Davis, who got some work this week at quarterback.”

Crouch won’t be playing in today’s game against the Wolverines because of a shoulder injury he suffered last week, while Lunt hurt his back against Purdue, and according to Asmussen, is expected to return soon.

Michigan is currently as high as 40-point favorites according to some odds-makers, and that may not be enough. The Wolverines of course beat Rutgers earlier this season, 78-0, showing their ability to completely humiliate teams.