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  • Central Michigan clobbers Northwestern 80-67 Dec 17, 2014 11:05 PM
    Before playing at Northwestern on Wednesday night, Central Michigan had done a lot to make people forget last season’s 10-21 record. One thing the Chippewas hadn’t done was win on the road. They have now. Braylon Rayson scored 19 points, and Central Michigan beat Northwestern 80-67. Luke Meyer had 18 and Rayshawn Simmons added 13 for the Chippewas (7-1), who have won two in a row after suffering their lone loss of the season Dec. 2 at Bradley.

  • Cook says he has more to do at Michigan State Dec 16, 2014 6:07 PM
    Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook indicated Tuesday he plans to be back with the Spartans as a senior. “I’ve sat down and talked to my family. The main goal is obviously to come back,” Cook said. “Talked among them, talked among my friends, with the coaches. I have unfinished business that I want to do, that I want to accomplish next year.”

  • Pelini goes home as Youngstown St coach Dec 16, 2014 6:20 PM
    Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was hired to be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown. The school announced the move on Tuesday. The 47-year-old Pelini is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in the northeast Ohio city of Youngstown. He played defensive back for Ohio State from 1986-89.

  • Michigan close to banning student-athlete unions Dec 16, 2014 6:22 PM
    Athletes would be blocked from unionizing at public universities under a bill that won final passage in Michigan on Tuesday, making it at least the second state to respond after Northwestern University football players were allowed to vote this year on union representation.

  • Next Bears coach might as well be a cartoon character Dec 12, 2014 5:08 PM
    After the bold moves made this week by the White Sox and Cubs, the Bears are officially now the lone residents of Chicago’s Island of Misfit Franchises.

  • D1 newcomer Incarnate Word shocks Nebraska 74-73 Dec 10, 2014 10:07 PM
    Kyle Hittle hit a contested baseline jumper after Nebraska’s Terran Petteway threw away an inbound pass, and Incarnate Word upset Nebraska 74-73 on Wednesday night for the biggest victory in the Cardinals’ one-plus seasons making the transition from Division II to Division I.

  • Wisconsin football coach departs for Oregon State Dec 10, 2014 6:12 PM
    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has stepped down to become the head coach at Oregon State. Andersen, Wisconsin’s coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision on Wednesday afternoon, the school announced.

  • Mike North video: College Football Playoff committee got it right Dec 8, 2014 10:46 AM
    Mike North thinks the four teams selected for the playoff were the right choices, and he thinks the Big 12 needs to play a championship game next year so they won’t get shut out of the playoffs.

  • Rozner: NCAA needs 12-team football playoff Dec 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    The solution to the latest arguments is a 12-team, College Football Playoff, with the top four teams getting a bye in the first round. That removes the concern that expanding the playoff removes incentive in rivalry games and diminishes the importance of every Saturday.

  • Viliunas assists Illini volleyball to Sweet 16 Dec 7, 2014 2:56 PM
    Illinois volleyball setter Alexis Viliunas (a former cheerleader) has plenty to cheer about this season as the nationally-ranked Illini kick off the postseason.

  • Illini headed to Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 7, 2014 6:02 PM
    Illinois will face Louisiana Tech in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Illinois beat Penn State and Northwestern to close the season at 6-6. The Illini’s defense forced five turnovers in beating the Wildcats 47-33 on the road. Louisiana Tech (8-5) lost to Marshall 26-23 on Saturday in the Conference USA title game. The Bulldogs had won seven of their last eight games prior to that loss to the Thundering Herd. The Bulldogs are led by quarterback Cody Sokol, the Iowa transfer who has thrown 29 TD passes, and running back Kenneth Dixon. He has rushed for 1,236 yards and 21 touchdowns.

  • Ohio State sneaks into college football playoff Dec 7, 2014 4:21 PM
    GRAPEVINE, Texas — The playoff picks are in: Top-ranked Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. And after all the discussion about whether Baylor or TCU was better, neither Big 12 team will get a chance to play for the national title. The College Football Playoff Committee’s selections for the first playoff were released Sunday after weeks of debate, setting off plenty of questions about whether the new process was fair and if it needed some tweaks. “We’re smarting today,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. The winners of the New Year’s Day semifinals will advance to the national championship game to be played Jan. 12 at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The playoff contenders did not make it easy on the committee by all winning on Saturday. Committee chairman Jeff Long said the top three teams were clear and the final spot came down to a “spirited debate” between the Buckeyes and Big 12 co-champs Baylor and TCU.” Among those three, Long said: “It was decisive for Ohio State.” Baylor and TCU finished fifth and sixth, respectively. The Big 12 is the only conference among the Big Five that does not play a championship game. With only 10 members, NCAA rules prohibit it, though the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are in the process of trying to change those rules. Long said Ohio State’s playing a quality opponent in a 13th game, the Big Ten championship Saturday against Wisconsin, and winning decisively added to the Buckeyes’ case against the Big 12 teams. “It had an effect,” Long said. “It was an additional game that we could see Ohio State’s strength.” Bowlsby said it appears the conference was penalized for not having a conference championship game, and will likely re-address how it decides its champion and the possibility of playing a title game. The great debate for weeks was whether TCU or Baylor would make it into the final four. The Bears beat their Big 12 rivals 61-58 in Waco back in October, but from the start the committee ranked TCU ahead of the Bears, who lost at West Virginia by 14 and played a particularly weak nonconference schedule. “This will be catalyst for discussion for sure,” Bowlsby said. The College Football Playoff is replacing the Bowl Championship Series this season. The BCS matched the top two teams in the country in a national championship game. The committee has been ranking the top 25 weekly since late October’s rankings and last week had Alabama and Oregon at the top, followed by TCU and Florida State. The committee has said it would start each week with a blank slate and that as the bodies of work changed the ranking could change dramatically. That’s different from the way polls traditionally work and led to some of the surprise when the Frogs dropped after a 52-point victory on Saturday against lowly Iowa State. The Big 12 further muddled the issue by not designating a champion by a tiebreaker. The commissioners who put together the playoff thought long and hard about whether the committee should do weekly rankings, at first leaning against it. They make for good television, though, and ultimately it was decided that fans were used to having a way to track the progress of the playoff race from week-to-week. Whether they stick with weekly rankings will be addressed. “I think that the committee will look at this year, look at this season, look how the entire process went,” Long said. Ohio State has had the longest climb to reach the playoff, overcoming an early loss to Virginia Tech to make a strong run. The Buckeyes were 16th in the first rankings, but their final statement was a doozy: 59-0 against the Badgers. Florida State’s unbeaten record hasn’t gotten the respect the Seminoles believe it deserves from the committee. The defending national champions are the only undefeated team in FBS. But numerous close calls and comebacks have led the committee to drop the Seminoles in the rankings. Ultimately, though, the ‘Noles will get to defend their championship in the first playoff. Also Sunday, the committee announced the other bowl matchups in the playoff rotation. Mississippi State will play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl; Arizona will play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl; TCU will play Mississippi in the Peach Bowl, and Baylor will play Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

  • Missouri facing Minnesota in Citrus Bowl Dec 7, 2014 5:15 PM
    No. 16 Missouri and Minnesota will meet in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in a matchup of Southeastern Conference and Big Ten foes. The game will be played for the first time since the renovation of the Orlando Citrus Bowl. It is sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. It was previously called the Capital One Bowl. Missouri (10-3) is coming off a SEC championship game loss to Alabama. The Tigers are making their second appearance in and Orlando bowl, having won the Tangerine Bowl over Southern Mississippi in 1981. Minnesota (8-4) is making its first trip to Orlando. It is coming off back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03. This is the Golden Gophers’ third consecutive bowl appearance. They are looking for their first bowl victory since 2004.

  • No. 24 Illini top American 70-55 Dec 6, 2014 3:58 PM
    Malcolm Hill scored 13 points as No. 24 Illinois defeated American 70-55 on Saturday. The Illini (7-1) only led by two points midway through the first half, but a 17-2 run put the Eagles (5-4) in an early deficit.

  • Who’s in? Who’s out? Tough call for playoff panel Dec 7, 2014 12:24 AM
    Alabama is in. So is Oregon. That we know for sure about the College Football Playoff after the top two teams in the selection committee’s rankings romped in their conference championship games. Florida State? The Seminoles are far from perfect, but they are still unbeaten. TCU? The Horned Frogs were third last week and certainly did nothing to hurt that on Championship Saturday. Baylor and Ohio State presented winning final arguments, too.

  • No. 6 Buckeyes blow out No. 11 Badgers 59-0 Dec 7, 2014 12:21 AM
    Ohio State’s No. 3 quarterback looked every bit as good as the other two. Cardale Jones even did something his two all-conference predecessors could not. He led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title. Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns and was named the game’s MVP in his first career start, leading No. 6 Ohio State to a 59-0 rout of No. 11 Wisconsin in Saturday night’s conference championship game -- an emphatic statement to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

  • No. 23 Butler defeats Northwestern 65-56 Dec 6, 2014 7:13 PM
    Kellen Dunham scored 19 points to lead No. 23 Butler past Northwestern 65-56 on Saturday. Roosevelt Jones added 12 points and six rebounds as the Bulldogs held off a late surge by the Wildcats to earn their seventh win of the season.

  • Say what? No. 17 Michigan stunned by New Jersey Institute of Technology Dec 6, 2014 4:05 PM
    Michigan is in the midst of a basketball renaissance, reaching the Elite Eight last season and the national championship game in 2013. With success also comes attention. So when a team like New Jersey Institute of Technology leaves Crisler Center with a 72-70 upset, the 17th-ranked Wolverines know there will be backlash.

  • Mike Riley gets 5-year deal at Nebraska Dec 5, 2014 5:23 PM
    Mike Riley never won a championship at Oregon State. He thinks Nebraska is the place where he can. Riley was introduced as the Cornhuskers’ new head coach on Friday, and the curious nature of his hiring was the dominant theme of his news conference.

  • Imrem: Much smaller goals for Northwestern, Illinois Dec 3, 2014 10:08 PM
    Illinois and Northwestern live in a world that college football left behind. Others shoot for a national championship while the Illini and Wildcats can't even win the state title.

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