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Big Ten poll update: Spartans drop out of both polls as Big Ten has four ranked teams


Big Ten poll update: Spartans drop out of both polls as Big Ten has four ranked teams

Suddenly a 2-2 team after Saturday night's shocking overtime loss to Indiana, Michigan State was nowhere to be found when both the coaches and AP polls were released Sunday afternoon.

Michigan State dropped out of the polls, with Ohio State and Michigan holding the Nos. 2 and 4 rankings in both polls and Wisconsin and Nebraska ranked in both polls, as well.

The Spartans were upended in thrilling fashion, the Hoosiers benefiting from a penalty on a missed field goal in overtime and eventually kicking the game-winner through for a 24-21 victory. It was a bad loss for Michigan State, which hadn't fallen to Indiana since 2006. After a seemingly big win at Notre Dame in Week 3, the Spartans have dropped two straight, dominated by Wisconsin and falling at Indiana.

The Buckeyes were ranked second in both polls after stomping Rutgers in a 58-0 laugher Saturday to improve to 4-0. Ohio State has looked as good as anyone in the country on both sides of the ball. Saturday, the Buckeyes shut out the Knights and held them to 116 total yards while racking up 669 on offense behind J.T. Barrett's four first-half touchdown tosses.

The Wolverines were ranked fourth in both polls after edging the Badgers, 14-7, in a clash of two elite defenses. Michigan proved the superior squad, limiting Wisconsin to 159 total yards — just 88 passing and 71 rushing — and getting the game's biggest play: a 48-yard touchdown bomb from Wilton Speight to Amara Darboh.

The Huskers bounced up to No. 12 in both polls, up three spots after a 31-16 win over Illinois. Nebraska needed a fourth-quarter comeback, and boy did it get one, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter behind the efforts of Tommy Armstrong and Terrell Newby. The Huskers improved to 5-0 with the win, quite the start following the 6-7 finish to Year 1 of the Mike Riley Era.

The Badgers stayed ahead of the Huskers at No. 11 in the AP poll but fell a spot beneath them at No. 13 in the coaches poll after the loss to the Wolverines. Wisconsin was stifled by that sensational Michigan defense, and the high quality of that opposing unit makes reserving judgment wise moving forward. But next up is a date with Ohio State on Oct. 15 in Madison, and the Buckeyes' defense has been excellent, as well.

Maryland, Michigan State and Indiana also received votes in the AP poll. Michigan State, Maryland, Indiana and Minnesota also received votes in the coaches poll.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.