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Illini football search for consistency despite 3-1 record

The football-starved Illini Nation is looking for something positive. Anything. Spin Illinois’ 3-1 record the right way, and there is plenty to find. The brightest of the team’s gold stars: Its three fourth-quarter comebacks. That speaks to the Illini’s resiliency. But don’t revel in the …


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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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Jameis Winston is proof that QBs can make all the difference


We were reminded of something Saturday that, of course, we already knew: The Florida State Seminoles are more than just Jameis Winston. From 1-85, there isn’t a better group of scholarship players anywhere. The good folks in Tuscaloosa, Ala., might holler and wail at that …

Despite FSU’s gutty win, Oklahoma looks like nation’s top team


Did you register what happened in Tallahassee on Saturday night, Jameis Winston?

You are indeed Famous, Jameis. Lord hopes you don’t believe you’re Blameless, Jameis. You don’t Shame Us, Jameis, but you’ve shamed yourself, and certainly your football program and your school.

But what happened …

Illini rally again to beat Texas State, enter Big Ten play 3-1


CHAMPAIGN — Back home Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Illinois overcame a sleepy start to deliver a comeback victory against a seemingly inferior team, putting away Texas State 42-35 to head into Big Ten play at 3-1. Where have we seen this before? A better question …

Pass-happy Illini defer to Josh Ferguson vs. Texas State

CHAMPAIGN — No one associated with Illinois football — not the coaches, nor the players — has any illusions about the identity of this program. The Illini are an unapologetic passing team.

And yet something important had been missing the first three weeks — someone …

Northwestern wins, but will it lead to Big Ten wins?


Pat Fitzgerald couldn’t possibly be so naïve to think that the question isn’t being asked in college football circles. And after a 24-7 victory over FCS foe Western Illinois on Saturday at Ryan Field, the Northwestern coach and his team haven’t provided an answer — …

Northwestern freshman running backs making an impact

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been so hesitant to play true freshmen before this season that he hesitates to even talk about them publicly.

So it has been shocking to see two freshmen — from the same position group, no less — make such an …

Northern Illinois hog-tied from start in loss to Arkansas


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is flat out having fun with its sudden turnaround at this point. Korliss Marshall returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and Brandon Allen accounted for three touchdowns as Arkansas won its third straight game with a 52-14 victory …

QB Monqavious Johnson lifts Morehouse in Chicago Classic

After a weekend of fun and festivities that included a banquet, golf outing, battle of the bands and plenty of parties, Central State and Morehouse got down to business in the 17th annual Chicago Classic on Saturday at Soldier Field. Morehouse made it look easy …

NIU’s lengthy road streak in peril at Arkansas


The streaks are almost mind-bending. Northern Illinois, which plays Saturday at Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPNU), has won an FBS-best 17 consecutive true road games and 27 straight regular-season games in all. Meanwhile, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema is 35-0 (mostly at Wisconsin, of course) when his …

Jameis Winson will miss first half; Clemson will upset Florida State


Winning any championship is difficult, but repeating as champ is much harder. Especially when your best player, your Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, keeps finding new ways to disgrace himself off the field. No. 22 Clemson at No. 1 Florida State (7 p.m., Ch. 7) got a …

3 victories by Notre Dame have answered pressing questions


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame began the season with many questions. On the field, the defense was young and the starting quarterback hadn’t appeared in a game in more than a year. Off the field, five players had to sit out of practices and …

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. …

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. …