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Gonzaga is No. 1 in preseason AP men’s basketball Top 25; Illinois is No. 11

The Big Ten and SEC have a national-best five ranked teams each. The Big Ten has No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Purdue, No. 11 Illinois, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 21 Maryland.

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Cincinnati rises to No. 2 in college football poll; Iowa drops to No. 11

Georgia remained the unanimous No. 1.

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Quarterback Ryan Hilinski leads Northwestern past Rutgers

He threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 21-7 victory Saturday at Ryan Field.

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This You Gotta See: Justin Fields meets the Packers; Sky shoot for the confetti

An ugly day against the Packers can cast a Bears quarterback in a harsh light. An ugly stretch of games against the Packers, covering multiple seasons, can wreck a Bears quarterback’s reputation.

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Big Game Hunting: Alabama has already fallen. Is it Georgia’s turn in Week 7?

Short answer: heck no. Kentucky-Georgia, Oklahoma State-Texas, Purdue-Iowa, Rutgers-Northwestern predictions and more.

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Rutgers’ Greg Schiano wants to follow Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern blueprint

Northwestern has been a consistent winner under Fitzgerald with two Big Ten West championships the last three seasons. Rutgers is trying to get there again under Schiano.

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Seven locals primed for breakout college basketball seasons

Here are seven local players who will likely be heard from in a big way this college basketball season after glimpses of impact a year ago.

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Big Ten holds half of AP Top 10

Georgia moves to No. 1 after Alabama’s loss.

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Texas A&M beats No. 1 Alabama on last-play field goal

Seth Small made a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Texas A&M stunned top-ranked Alabama 41-38 to end the Crimson Tide’s winning streak at 19 games.

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Jonathan Doerer’s late field goal lifts No. 14 Notre Dame past Virginia Tech

He kicked a 48-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining, capping a dramatic rally to give the Irish a 32-29 victory on Saturday night.

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Wisconsin uses running game to roll over Illinois

Chez Mellusi ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and the Badgers totaled 391 rushing yards in beating the Illini 24-0.

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Wearing No. 25 for the Irish, a new ‘Rocket’ might be ready to soar

Chris Tyree is well aware of Ismail’s legacy and aims to honor it with more electrifying kick returns.

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Big Game Hunting: It’s Illinois’ Bret Bielema against the Badgers — no matter what he says

Outside the bubbles of the 1-3 Badgers and the 2-4 Illini, this game is an interesting one for one simple reason: Bielema, who coached three straight Wisconsin teams to Rose Bowls before leaving for Arkansas, is back on the field with the Red and White.

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Slowly but surely, college athletes starting to level monetary playing field

Tech company Opendorse estimates they could earn $1.5 billion this year alone if they tap into advertising and social-media deals.

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Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz listed as questionable for game vs. Illinois

"I was out there today," Mertz said after practice Monday. "I’ll just go with it day by day."

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Cincinnati jumps into AP top 5 after win over Notre Dame

Iowa leapfrogged Penn State to take the No. 3 spot after its 51-14 road victory over previously unbeaten Maryland. The Hawkeyes have their highest ranking since 2015.

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Northwestern gets crushed 56-7 at Nebraska

For the Wildcats, the losing margin matched the second-largest in Pat Fitzgerald’s 16 years as coach.

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Notre Dame falls at home to Cincinnati in top-10 matchup

The Bearcats snapped the Irish’s 26-game home winning streak.

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Chase Brown, Illini run past Charlotte

Brown ran for 257 yards and two touchdowns, the fourth-best rushing performance in Illinois history.

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Bet on it: Cincinnati kids not ready for Notre Dame 

Nine out of 13 experts say go with the home underdog at Notre Dame Stadium against the No. 7 Bearcats.

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Error line: Notre Dame’s unit not flying high so far

The Irish offensive line has underperformed with 20 sacks allowed and only a sputtering running game to show for its work.

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Big Game Hunting: A joyous reunion for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly against Cincinnati?

Also: Arkansas-Georgia, Mississippi-Alabama, Michigan-Wisconsin, Northwestern-Nebraska picks and more.

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Charlotte looks to extend Illinois’ losing streak

In three of its four losses, Illinois was either tied or down by less than one score with the ball in the final minute.

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Reunion day when Notre Dame faces Cincinnati

Fighting Irish defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman has long ties to Bearcats coach Luke Fickell.

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Memo from NLRB lawyer says college football players are employees

The nine-page NLRB memo revisited a case involving Northwestern football players who were thwarted from forming a union when the board in 2015 said that taking their side "would not promote stability in labor relations."

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NCAA will use ‘March Madness’ slogan to promote women’s basketball tournament

Using the phrase, which has been associated with the men’s tournament for years, was one of the recommendations stemming from an external review of gender-equity issues of the tournaments.

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Notre Dame will play BYU in Las Vegas next season

The Fighting Irish and Cougars said Tuesday they will play Oct. 8, 2022, in a Shamrock Series game for Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame QB Jack Coan’s status unclear

"If Jack is healthy, Jack would be our starter [against No. 7 Cincinnati]," Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said.

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Clemson’s streak of top-10 rankings comes to an end

Notre Dame moves up to No. 9.

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Boilermakers rally past Illini, who drop their fourth straight

Aidan O’Connell connected with T.J. Sheffield on a 14-yard scoring pass with 5:44 left for Saturday’s only touchdown, giving Purdue a 13-9 victory over Illinois.

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Notre Dame hits Wisconsin with an avalanche of ‘insane’ in 41-13 win that had it all

Trailing 13-10 in the fourth quarter, the Irish needed a spark. They got an all-out conflagration.

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Evan Hull runs for 90-yard TD in Northwestern’s romp over Ohio

Hull rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Wildcats over the Bobcats 35-6.