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Will Illini go winless in Big Ten?

After losing to Indiana, there's a good chance Illinois will go without a win in the second year of the Lovie Smith Era in Champaign.

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Cats first ever to win three straight in OT

Northwestern landed in the college football record books Saturday, becoming the first FBS team ever to win three straight games in overtime.

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Why Pat Fitzgerald, Lovie Smith rank high on college coaches list
The Big Ten has plenty of reasons to flex after seeing this list.
How Northwestern plans to phase athletics back to campus
Circle June 22 on the calendar: more sports are returning to Illinois.
Kyle Long has the need for speed
Kyle Long has found an alternative to football, and is ready to start his engine. When it comes to Long's competitiveness iRacing is just what he needs.
Northwestern supporting former football player at protests
"Walk the walk. Be a leader," the university said on Twitter.
Illini almost added DI hockey team before coronavirus
After trying to add a Division I men's ice hockey program at the University of Illinois for nearly three years, the school was finally close. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Hawks ready to get back on the ice
The Blackhawks took the ice today for the first time since before the All-Star break. After practice Jonathan Toews and Jeremy Colliton spoke on getting their momentum back and being ready to face the...
Illinois all alone in first place in Big Ten
The Fighting Illini are back.
Torri Stuckey: Moving from suicide note to self-help books
Torri Stuckey reads the suicide note that he wrote to his mother when he was dropped on the Northwestern Football Team depth chart. Little did he know, while he struggled with what was happening on the...
Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Howard
Jalen Rose says any beef between him and fellow Fab Five star Chris Webber is squashed now that Michigan hired Juwan Howard as their head coach.
Northwestern comes up short in bid for Big Ten title, falls to Ohio State 45-24
Ohio State proved to be too much for Northwestern, with the Buckeyes defeating the Wildcats 45-24 in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game.
Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately
Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire from football, effective immediately, after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
NU-Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020
Northwestern planned ahead and announced its opponent for a game at Wrigley Field in 2020 against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.
Week 12 college football top 25 rankings
Week 12 was pretty boring, but now there's just one week of the regular season remaining. With Week 12 in the books, here’s my top 25.
Week 11 college football top 25 rankings
After a crazy weekend at the top of the rankings, who's the new No. 1? And why won't it be the same as the selection committee's choice?
Will Illini go winless in Big Ten?
After losing to Indiana, there's a good chance Illinois will go without a win in the second year of the Lovie Smith Era in Champaign.
Week 10 college football top 25 rankings
Ohio State and Penn State lost, spelling trouble for the Big Ten. Here's how the teams stack up in the latest top-25 college football rankings.
Cats first ever to win three straight in OT
Northwestern landed in the college football record books Saturday, becoming the first FBS team ever to win three straight games in overtime.
Week 9 college football top 25 rankings
Ohio State's toppling of Penn State — and a host of other upsets — shook things up before the first College Football Playoff rankings.
Cats upset Sparty in 3OT
Northwestern scored a huge upset win over 16th-ranked Michigan State, ending the game with an end-zone pick in triple overtime.
Illini falls to undefeated Wisconsin
Illinois' two-quarterback offense didn't do much of anything, and the defense allowed a late touchdown to an offensive lineman in an unsurprising loss to Wisconsin.
Week 8 college football top 25 rankings
Notre Dame's been playing like a champion all season and showed it with a blowout win over USC. See the Irish and the rest of the Week 8 college football top 25 rankings.
Cam Thomas plays but Illini still lose
Freshman quarterback Cam Thomas got his first action, but the Illini dropped their fourth conference game of the season at Minnesota.
Jackson leads Cats past Hawkeyes in OT
Justin Jackson's big play in overtime set up the game-winning score for Northwestern as the Wildcats took down Iowa on Saturday.
Week 6 college football top 25 rankings
How high does Michigan State vault after upsetting Michigan? It's in a special edition of the top-25 rankings — also featuring Tom Petty song rankings!
Illini get walloped by Iowa
Illinois had a new quarterback at the helm of its offense Saturday, but the result was all too similar for Lovie Smith's team in a blowout loss to Iowa.
Cats' offense goes missing
Northwestern couldn't do much of anything offensively in Saturday afternoon's blowout loss to a still-unbeaten Penn State team.
Fitzgerald on Trevor Siemian returning to Northwestern
Pat Fitzgerald talks up the return of current Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Collins: 'It's about putting the pieces together'
Chris Collins discusses how his team is looking to improve off the program's best season in school history.
Wisconsin rolls on
Wisconsin stayed undefeated, taking its Big Ten opener against Northwestern. That and more in the 10 big things from the weekend in Big Ten football.
Week 5 college football top 25 rankings
Georgia is much better than Tennessee, and that's not fake news. See how the teams stack up in Week 5 college football top 25 rankings.
Cats drop conference opener to Wisconsin
Northwestern scored a couple late touchdowns to make it close, but Wisconsin's dominant second half was enough to send the Cats to a loss in the conference opener.
Nebraska carves up Illini
The same Nebraska team that lost to Northern Illinois two weeks ago carved up the Illinois defense Friday night, sending Lovie Smith's young team to another blowout loss.
Week 5 Big Ten previews and picks
Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota will all look to stay unbeaten as conference play kicks into full gear. Get your Week 5 Big Ten previews and picks right here.
Penn State's big finish
Nothing was cooler than Penn State's big finish at Iowa, that and more in the 10 big things from the weekend in Big Ten football.
Week 4 college football top 25 rankings
TCU vaulted up the rankings after going on the road and taking down Oklahoma State. How high did the Frogs jump?
Week 4 Big Ten previews and picks
Could Purdue's early season success mean that Michigan is on upset alert this weekend? That and more in the Week 4 Big Ten previews and picks.
Week 3 college football top 25 rankings
Was Clemson's eye-popping beatdown of Louisville enough to vault the defending champs up to the top spot in this week's top-25 rankings?
Purdue > SEC
Purdue looks a new team, going into an SEC stadium and winning 35-3. Should the Big Ten watch out? That and more in the 10 big things from the weekend in Big Ten football.
Illini blown out in Tampa
Illinois got throttled by a ranked South Florida team, pounded 47-23 in Lovie Smith's return to his old stomping grounds in Tampa.
Week 3 Big Ten previews and picks
There aren't many — any? — great games on the Big Ten calendar this week. But while you patiently await kickoff between Clemson and Louisville, read through this week's Big Ten previews and picks.
Well, we're waiting
The Cats got some preseason love. But through two weeks they've turned in two ugly performances, leaving folks waiting for the group that was supposed to challenge for a division title.
Lovie on returning to Tampa to face USF
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith talks about the Illini taking on South Florida and his return to Tampa.
Lovie Smith on freshmen getting playing time for Illini
Lovie Smith talks about the numerous freshmen getting significant playing time for Illinois.