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Bill Snyder taking on Gus Malzahn in Kansas State-Auburn thriller

In late November 2005, as an offensive whiz named Gus Malzahn was coaching Springdale (Arkansas) High School down the stretch of a 14-0 run to a state championship, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder was basking in the afterglow of a major-college coaching job very well done. …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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St. Xavier football soaring again after win over D-II powerhouse


When St. Xavier upended visiting Indianapolis 19-14 last Saturday, it was a big step toward the kind of success the Cougars have come to expect. But even though Indy came into the game ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II, don’t tell Cougars coach Mike …

Jameis Winston benched for vulgar comments


Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.

Nonconference trouble doesn’t bode well for Iowa in Big Ten


You are what your record says you are? If that seems like a laughable cliché, maybe that’s why everyone can laugh at Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 2-1, largely the result of luck that ran out last week when they lost to nonconference rival Iowa State. …

Big Ten is so inept that any team has shot at postseason


The curse of the Big Ten this season — its resounding blah-ness — also happens to be something of a blessing. It’s a simple explanation: The Big Ten is so bad — 1-10 against opponents from the other Power 5 conferences — that any team …

Big Ten’s struggles continue as 2-0 teams drop from unbeatens


It’s starting to feel like we’re constantly picking on the Big Ten. Perhaps it’s because we are. How could we not?

Another week, another humiliating display for a rich, powerful, overrated and incredibly un-clutch conference.

Playoff? Please.

Pride? Maybe there’s an ounce of it left …

Notre Dame win over Purdue no walk in the park


Everett Golson threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns as the Irish defeated pesky Purdue for a 30-14 victory in front of 56,832 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Irish coach Brian Kelly sees benefit of Shamrock Series

Saturday marked the sixth edition of the Shamrock Series, in which Notre Dame plays a scheduled home game at a neutral site.

The contest has grown on Irish coach Brian Kelly .

“My initial impression was, why would you give up a home game? But …

Despite blowout, Illini aren’t same team they were last year


Well, that was interesting. In a never-had-a-chance kind of way. In a “did you get the number of that bus?” kind of way. In such a way that the easy thing to do after Illinois’ 44-19 defeat at Washington would be to assume that nothing …

Turnovers doom Illini in blowout loss to Washington


Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score as Washington routed Illinois 44-19.

Northern Illinois rolls up 600-plus yards, beats UNLV

LAS VEGAS — Northern Illinois ran up more than 600 yards of offense Saturday night, but the Huskies still needed to hold off a furious rally by UNLV to beat the Rebels 48-34.  The victory extended Northern Illinois’ streak to 17 consecutive road wins, dating …

A Husky task awaits young Illini


Question: Why doesn’t Skokie have a major-college football team? Answer: Because then Evanston would want one. Hey-yo! Listen, Northern Illinois started it. You know, with the school’s “Chicago’s big-time college football team” advertising campaign — surely you’ve caught wind of it — a direct shot …

Heisman buzz no big deal to Notre Dame QB Everett Golson

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The chatter, by all accounts, is too soon. It also is inescapable. Everett Golson has made a variety of highlight-reel plays in leading Notre Dame to consecutive blowout victories. Various media outlets have noticed. The quarterback has skyrocketed up several Heisman …

Big-Game Hunting: South Carolina will provide some intrigue with upset of Georgia


Let’s begin with the truth: Week 3 is a dud, a dog, an outright debacle. Week 3 wouldn’t recognize a marquee matchup if one kissed it on the mouth. Week 3 is as uninspiring a collection of games as we’ll see all season. So we’ve …

Four-star guard Rex Pflueger picks Notre Dame


The Notre Dame men’s basketball team landed its first four-star recruit for the Class of 2015 on Thursday.

Rex Pflueger, a shooting guard from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., orally committed to play for the Irish.

“I’m blessed to announce that I …

St. Francis flourishes with no-huddle scheme


With an explosive offense and a defense focused on ­takeaways, St. Francis of Joliet has its own way of getting things done on the football field. The Saints (1-0), ranked 20th in the NAIA coaches poll and expected to contend in the MSFA Mideast, had …