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Will Hoosiers' Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Howard be ready for Week 6?


Will Hoosiers' Nate Sudfeld, Jordan Howard be ready for Week 6?

Indiana is just two wins away from the program's first trip to a bowl game since 2007 and just its second since 1993. But the health of the Hoosiers' two best players will be a huge factor in if and when they can reach those six requisite wins.

Quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Jordan Howard both left Saturday's 34-27 loss to Ohio State with injuries and did not return to the game.

Monday, head coach Kevin Wilson didn't put any timelines on Sudfeld and Howard, sticking to saying that the injuries weren't major and that if both players are healthy, they'll play.

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"I don't know, everybody's different to me," Wilson said. "(Minnesota Vikings running back) Adrian Peterson came off a six-month ACL in four and a half. It's a timeline. Some guys heal slower. If you say, 'Hey, you're out a week,' and it takes two, a kid gets psychotic and thinks it's worse. The more you sleep and get your treatment and better you eat and better you live and say some prayers out there, it kind of goes the way it's supposed to go.

"(Howard)'s a little gimped up, both of them on ankles. They play positions, but there's no position you play that you don't have to move. We're not going to put a kid out there that can't play. I just felt the other day like Nate tried to come back in the game. It was a little tender going into the game. He just looked like he couldn't move. I don't know if it was smart for him.

"I don't think any of those injuries are major, though. So is it by Saturday? A week? Fourteen (days)? Time will tell. We're not going to push it."

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While the Hoosiers' success is greatly impacted by the presence or absence of Sudfeld and Howard — Sudfeld was one of the Big Ten's leading passers heading into last week, Howard was the nation's leading rusher — Indiana got big performances from the backups to those two players against Ohio State. Backup running back Devine Redding had two touchdown runs, and backup quarterback Zander Diamont had a 79-yard touchdown run.

Indiana plays at Penn State on Saturday.

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.