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Nebraska slips past Illinois with 690 yards

Adrian Martinez passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards in a 42-38 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

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Georgia holds off Notre Dame in top-10 clash

No. 3 Georgia got a tougher fight than many expected in a 23-17 victory against No. 7 Notre Dame on a raucous Saturday night between the hedges.

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Northwestern’s offense remains out of sync in loss to Michigan State

Quarterback Hunter Johnson completed 15-of-26 passes for 88 yards with an interception before being pulled in the fourth quarter.

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This You Gotta See: Cubs-Cards, Sox-Tribe and Bears (hopefully) running all day on Skins

The only thing worse than the Redskins’ 30th-ranked rushing offense? Their 31st-ranked rushing defense. Where we come from, that sounds like a heck of an easy game plan for X’s-and-O’s wizard Matt Nagy. It goes something like this: Hut, hike, handoff. Run the ball, man! [Cue another 45 passing attempts by Mitch Trubisky.]

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Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady dies at 85

Cassady played both football and baseball at Ohio State in the early 1950s, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955.

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Big Game Hunting: Notre Dame goes to Georgia — it’s as scary as it sounds

The Irish piped in all the noise they could at their indoor practice facility this week. Cranked up the heat, too. Whatever it took to simulate the conditions at Sanford Stadium — but there’s no simulating the Bulldogs’ monstrous talent. Also: Michigan-Wisconsin, Auburn-Texas A&M, Oklahoma State-Texas, Michigan State-Northwestern, Nebraska-Illinois and more.

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Rick Pitino settles lawsuit with Louisville, ready for ‘new chapter’

The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men’s basketball coach’s personnel file changing his termination to a resignation.

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Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett declines raise, asks for pay hike for his staff

The university stated that Bennett and his wife also made a $500,000 contribution toward a career-development program for current and former players.

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The truth Hurts: After Mayfield and Murray, an Oklahoma QB takes Heisman pole position again

Jalen Hurts: so good. Does anyone really think Notre Dame can win at Georgia? Illinois’ "bigger, stronger, faster" narrative gets put to bed by a MAC foe. And coaching gaffes galore! It’s the "Big 10" (where 10 actually means 10).

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Hunter Johnson leads Northwestern to win over UNLV

The Wildcats quarterback had his first career passing and rushing touchdowns to lead Northwestern to a 30-14 victory.

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Ian Book throws for 5 TDs as No. 7 Notre Dame routs New Mexico

The Irish’s defense came up with three first-half interceptions, and the offense rolled up 591 yards in the 66-14 victory.

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Illinois falls to Eastern Michigan on last-second field goal

Chad Ryland booted a 24-yarder as time expired to give the Eagles a 34-31 win over the Illini in Champaign.

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This You Gotta See: Bears-Broncos, Cubs-Cards, Notre Dame-Georgia and a puck drop

Hate to say it, but the Bears probably can’t win because former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, now Denver’s coach, knows them better than they know themselves. Then again, the Broncos pretty much have no shot themselves because the Bears are so fluent in Fangioese. We’ve settled nothing here, have we?

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Hampton vs. Howard in Chicago Football Classic is a showcase showdown

Matchup serves to promote athletics and academic excellence at HBCUs.

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University of Wyoming marks 1969 dismissal of 14 black football players

University officials planned to unveil a plaque at War Memorial Stadium commemorating the so-called Black 14. The players were kicked off the Wyoming football team for seeking to wear armbands to protest racism.

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Big Game Hunting: Iowa’s year in the Big Ten West? Iowa State doesn’t care as Cy-Hawk showdown approaches

If former Illinois AD Mike Thomas was going to hire the school’s next coach from Toledo before the 2012 season, he should’ve taken a chance on Matt Campbell — then an outstanding offensive coordinator — rather than tab Campbell’s goofball boss, Tim Beckman.

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DePaul negotiating a contract extension with men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao

The NCAA put the program on three years’ probation last summer for recruiting violations.

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Dump Joe Maddon? If Cubs do that, they’ll simply be making him their scapegoat

Is Maddon, the most successful manager in Cubs history, in his 11th hour with the North Siders? Has his particular brand of winning every year run its course?

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NCAA urges California governor not to sign ‘fair pay’ bill

In a six-paragraph letter released Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Governors urged California Gov. Gavin Newsom not to sign the legislation known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, which would allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their names, likenesses and images.

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About Illinois’ 31-23 streak-busting victory at UConn: 15 good minutes isn’t going to cut it

Hold off on the face tattoos, Illini fans. LSU, Joe Burrow issue a warning to Alabama and the rest of the SEC. Where have you gone, Tennessee and Florida State? Minnesota: a shaky-clutch team? It’s the ‘‘Big 10’’ (where 10 actually means 10).

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This You Gotta See: Sky-high finish, Blackhawks beginning, Cubs in home stretch

The Cubs kick off a 10-game homestand — their last games of the regular season at Wrigley Field — against the dregs of the NL Central. Ten games against the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals? We suppose 9-1 has a nice enough ring to it, though 10-0 would be better just to be on the safe side.

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Big Game Hunting: Texas A&M-Clemson, LSU-Texas top the marquee in Week 2

Is Jimbo Fisher going to create the kind of buzz at A&M that surrounded him as he replaced Bobby Bowden at Florida State? Will he lift the Aggies to where the Seminoles were when they won 39 games from 2012 to 2014? And can a coach who leaned on — and enabled — controversial quarterback Jameis Winston do it all without again calling his own methods into question?

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie won’t have a reunion with Notre Dame

The New Mexico coach won’t travel to South Bend for the Sept. 14 game as he continues to recover from the "serious medical incident" he suffered after the Lobos’ victory over Sam Houston State late Saturday night.

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Federal government fines Michigan State University $4.5 million in Larry Nassar case

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the university’s failure to act created a "sexually hostile environment."

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Notre Dame moves up to No. 8 in latest AP college football Top 25 poll

Clemson and Alabama hold onto the top two spots in this week’s poll.

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Notre Dame bounces back in hard-fought win over Louisville in season opener

Notre Dame trailed 14-7 in the first quarter before Jones’ score tied it, and Book followed with an 11-yard score just before halftime.

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Is Illinois better than Northwestern? SEC East, ACC Coastal say ‘hold my beer’ to Big Ten West

There’s only so much excitement with which one can reasonably react to Illinois’ 42-3 opening win against lowly Akron, but when have I pretended to be reasonable? This is a different Illini team — bigger, faster, more talented and easily Lovie Smith’s best to date. I’m already doubling down on my preseason prediction that the Illini will reach bowl eligibility.

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Big Game Hunting: Northwestern at Stanford is — just like last time — a tell-all in toughness

Can the Wildcats begin with a bang like they did in 2015? Also: picks for Alabama-Duke, Auburn-Oregon, Illinois-Akron, Northern Illinois-Illinois State and Notre Dame-Louisville.

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Will it be Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten? Here’s a thought: How about neither?

As the conference seeks to put a team into the playoff for the first time in three years, the Sun-Times shares its predicted order of finish heading into 2019.

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Fox Sports is taking its college football coverage back in time

The network moved its marquee game from prime time to 11 a.m. and rebuilt its pregame show around Urban Meyer.

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Florida State-Boise State football game relocated because of threat from Hurricane Dorian

Officials moved the game out of Jacksonville on Thursday, two days before the 7 p.m. kickoff. The teams will play Saturday at noon at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Just Sayin’: Northwestern football joins Cubs, Bears on preseason dis list

Baseball Prospectus sold the Cubs short. Sports Illustrated has no use for the Bears. Then there are Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats, widely projected at around .500. They’re the Alabama of being overlooked, mainstays in the Top 25 of the pay-no-mind list.