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Football! Football! Football! September 7 live blog

The Fighting Illini celebrate their 45-17 win over Cincinnati. | Andrew A. Nelles~AP Photo

Today’s schedule

University of Illinois vs Cincinnati, 11 a.m., ESPN2

Northwestern vs Syracuse, 5 p.m., Big Ten Network

Notre Dame at Michigan, 7 p.m., ESPN

Earlier games

Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It was enough of a challenge heading into this game simply to imagine an Illinois victory. But a wire-to-wire near-domination of Cincinnati? Unthinkable. [Story | Photos]

Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27

A week after playing only two plays and leaving the California game with a concussion, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter completed 15 of 18 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball 11 times for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Wildcats’ 48-27 win over Syracuse. [Story]

Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30

Quarterback Devin Gardner and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon carved up Notre Dame’s defense on the way to a 41-30 Michigan victory in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a college football game, 115,109 fans Saturday at Michigan Stadium. [“Story]