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Cardale Jones to start for Buckeyes vs. Western Michigan


Cardale Jones to start for Buckeyes vs. Western Michigan

Cardale Jones will start at quarterback for Ohio State when the Buckeyes host Western Michigan on Saturday in Columbus.

The starting job was once again up for grabs this week after both Jones and J.T. Barrett played poorly in an ugly 20-13 win over Northern Illinois last weekend, but head coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday that Barrett has yet to beat Jones out and that Jones will start for the fourth time in four games this season.

“Cardale’s going to start at quarterback for us,” Meyer said Wednesday.

Jones threw two early interceptions against NIU, and he was removed from the game and replaced by Barrett, who also couldn’t do much to get the Buckeyes’ offense going, throwing an interception of his own in the second half.

But Meyer reiterated Wednesday that Jones continues to win the competition against Barrett, dating back to the end of last season when he led the Buckeyes to three postseason wins including a win in the national championship game.

"He was the quarterback of the team when we finished the season last year," Meyer said. "He was the quarterback in spring practice, the only healthy one. And he finished training camp as the starting quarterback. And at times he's played very good, other times he has not. To replace him, the other guy's got to pass him up, either (at practice) or in games. That hasn't happened."

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Neither quarterback has had a good start to the 2015 season after both were sensational in 2014. Jones has thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions while starting three games, all Ohio State wins. Barrett has two touchdowns and one interceptions in limited time as the No. 2.

Jones beat out Barrett for the starting job following a preseason position battle that captivated the attention of the entire college football world. But Barrett has seen the field plenty, leading many to criticize Meyer for his apparent desire to play both guys as much as he can rather than picking one player and sticking with him.

That strategy seems to be continuing this week.

“It’s like any position,” Meyer said. “If someone replaces you, they’ve got to beat you out. That’s the approach we’re taking, and they’re both ready to go.

“You don’t anoint people. ‘Let’s give that guy a shot.’ When I hear that, of course that person’s never coached for a living. ‘Give him a shot.’ You have to earn things. It’s close, they’re both working their tails off.”

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.