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  • McGraw: Sizing up the Big Ten Aug 27, 2014 7:41 PM
    What's new for the Big Ten in 2014? Well, 14 teams, for one thing. Here are some of the prominent questions heading into the start of college football.

     
  • Union talk fades as Northwestern begins season Aug 26, 2014 4:32 PM
    Northwestern is coming off a disappointing 5-7 season and already hit hard by injuries and a key defection ahead of Saturday’s opener at home against Cal. On top of that, they spent the offseason at ground zero in the debate over whether college players should have the right to unionize. “It would be naive to think the guys have not been distracted at times. Will it be part of the narrative?”Fitzgerald asked, without waiting for an answer. “Yes, it will.”

     
  • Braxton Miller’s surgery set for Tuesday Aug 25, 2014 4:41 PM
    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says standout quarterback Braxton Miller will have season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. Miller tore the labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder a week ago. The operation will be done by noted surgeon James Andrews.

     
  • Indiana making football games more fan-friendly Aug 25, 2014 4:44 PM
    Indiana is making football games more fan-friendly. On Monday, athletic director Fred Glass announced changes that will be in place this season. The most notable addition for Saturday’s season-opener against Indiana State will be the new 200-foot long “ribbon” board in the north end zone. Glass says it will provide more in-game information and entertainment. The board cost $300,000, roughly half of which was paid for by Indiana’s media rights partner, Learfield Sports. Fans parking in the Purple Lot will no longer contend with gravel after the school spent $6.8 million to pave the lot and add grass. Glass says the lot will actually add spaces rather than cut them, too. And when Maryland visits Sept. 27, cellphone users should benefit from a newly installed antenna that should upgrade connectivity.

     
  • Nebraska RB Abdullah eager to win a championship Aug 25, 2014 4:50 PM
    Ameer Abdullah's 1,690 yards last season were the most by a Nebraska player since Ahman Green went for 1,877 in 1997, and he strongly considered entering the NFL draft as an underclassman. But he came back for one more season — not to set records but to win, and win big.

     
  • No official word yet on Wisconsin’s starting QB Aug 25, 2014 7:11 PM
    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against No. 13 LSU, while at least one of his best players says Tanner McEvoy will get the start for the 14th-ranked Badgers.

     
  • Michigan shrugs off bad memories of Appalachian St. Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM
    Staring at the Wolverines atop their 2014 schedule is Appalachian State, which stunned the sports world in 2007 by knocking off No. 5 Michigan at the Big House.

     
  • Meyer not kidding when he says Buckeyes are good Aug 25, 2014 4:48 PM
    A week after the loss of three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is going through final preparations for the Buckeyes’ opener on Saturday against Navy. He says his team is ready. “Oh, yeah. If you have good players, a good team (then you’re excited),” he said.

     
  • Illini look to shore up Big Ten-worst run defense Aug 25, 2014 11:08 PM
    Illinois gave up rushing yards in bunches in 2013. In a 60-35 loss to Ohio State the total was 441 yards and five touchdowns. Against Indiana, 371 yards in a 52-35 pounding. And against Washington, 273 yards in a 34-24 loss. That’s one of the big reasons the Illini coaches talk about the need to start fast Saturday against Youngstown State.

     
  • Six star college players on struggling teams Aug 19, 2014 2:01 PM
    The next time you turn on the television and see a couple of sub-.500 teams slogging along, desperately hoping to just get bowl eligible, don’t turn it off. There is bound to be at least a few players out there worth watching. Here are six star players who will be trying to lead their struggling programs to the postseason.

     
  • Report: Buckeyes' Miller out for the season Aug 19, 2014 5:40 PM
    Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes' national title hopes. Ohio State confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw.

     
  • Buckeyes taking it easy with QB Aug 15, 2014 5:54 PM
    Braxton Miller says he’s ready to play in a game. Now. He even challenged a sports writer to go out for a pass, to prove that his surgically repaired right shoulder is sturdy enough to wing a throw on demand. But Ohio State is being extremely cautious with the tender right arm of its star quarterback.

     
  • How will Northwestern replace Mark? Aug 14, 2014 2:49 PM
    With Northwestern running back Venric Mark deciding to transfer, and wide receiver Christian Jones expected to miss the season with a knee injury, how will the Wildcats recover from those two losses?

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: What’s not to like about Trestman? Aug 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    It's hard not to be a fan of Bears coach Marc Trestman. Unless of course he fails to take them to the promised land.

     
  • Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case Aug 8, 2014 7:03 PM
    A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds.

     
  • Mike North video: Spurrier wrong to take shot at Big Ten Aug 6, 2014 11:19 AM
    Mike North thinks University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is wrong to take a shot at the Big Ten since nonconference foe East Carolina is 0-4 against Illinois — a Big Ten team.

     
  • Michigan State girding for Ohio State in Big Ten East Aug 5, 2014 5:26 PM
    Michigan State has played in two of the three Big Ten title games, is the defending Rose Bowl champion and is enjoying the best run in program history with 42 wins in four years. Yet the Spartans cling to an underdog mentality, the product of being overshadowed historically by Michigan and Ohio State. Coach Mark Dantonio never wants his team to stop playing with that edge.

     
  • Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams Jul 29, 2014 2:15 PM
    The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences. “Hopefully, this will give everyone an equal opportunity to play for a national championship, which everyone wants,” Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said Tuesday as the Big Ten wrapped up its two-day media event.

     
  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern Jul 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the players’ push to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed as the story unfolded.

     
  • Fitzgerald ready to get Northwestern back on track Jul 28, 2014 8:51 PM
    Heading into his ninth year in Evanston, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has also gotten used to a tradition of often being mentioned as one of the league’s also-rans. “We’re not a preseason type of a place, I guess,” Fitzgerald said.

     
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