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Buckeyes off to Fiesta Bowl for 2006 rematch with Notre Dame


Buckeyes off to Fiesta Bowl for 2006 rematch with Notre Dame

Ohio State couldn't sneak its way into the College Football Playoff, but the 11-1 Buckeyes did earn a spot in a New Year's Six bowl game when the matchups were announced Sunday.

In one of the most appealing matchups of the New Year's Six bowl games, Ohio State will face off against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day.

It's a rematch of the 2006 edition of the Fiesta Bowl, when the Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish, 34-20, behind head coach Jim Tressell and quarterback Troy Smith.

Entering championship weekend, the Buckeyes had hopes of landing an unlikely but still possible spot in the College Football Playoff. But the results of the conference title games didn't break Ohio State's way, leaving the Buckeyes out of the final four a year after they won the national championship.

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A loss to Michigan State two weeks ago meant Ohio State wasn't able to compete in this season's Big Ten Championship Game. With Iowa losing to Michigan State in that game Saturday night, there was some thought the Buckeyes could finish ranked ahead of the Hawkeyes in the College Football Playoff rankings and land a spot in the Rose Bowl. But the Hawkeyes earned the trip to Pasadena, sending the Buckeyes to Arizona.

This will be Ohio State's seventh all-time trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where it has a 4-2 record in six previous visits.

This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Irish, Ohio State holding a 3-2 series edge. Notre Dame won the first two meetings in the 1930s, but Ohio State won matchups in 1995, 1996 and 2005.

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.