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Big Ten rivalries return to traditional spot in ’21

The Ohio State–Michigan matchup, as well as the rest of the Big Ten’s traditional rivalry games, will return to the final week of the regular season in 2021, it was announced Friday as the conference released its revised 2021 football schedule. The schedule has some differences from the one originally......

Big Ten football schedule 2021: Dates and key matchups

The Big Ten has released its schedule for the 2021 college football season, so it’s time to start breaking down your team’s slate and projecting wins and losses. Can Ohio State reach the College Football Playoff again? And, after extending coach Jim Harbaugh’s contract, what’s Michigan going to be up......

Ayo Dosunmu Scores 25 as No. 19 Illinois Takes Down No. 7 Iowa

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Ayo Dosunmu scored 25 points, Trent Frazier had 24 and No. 19 Illinois upset No. 7 Iowa 80-75 on Friday night. In one of the most entertaining games of the Big Ten season, the teams traded leads for most of the game. Illinois finally took command in the final two......

When teams’ social media feeds got real, made friends and started beefing

Dec 28, 2020 Kelly CohenESPN What’s snarky, self-deprecating and smack-talking all at once? Well, your favorite team’s social media accounts, of course. It’s a fine line that accounts have to walk, especially in 2020, but when they do it correctly, it makes internet magic. And in a year when sports......

From Lane to Dabo to Tom Herman’s favorite app: College football’s quotes of the year

It began with Joe Burrow, Coach O and an unprecedented LSU run that made college football history, and 2020 ended on an even more unprecedented historical note. In between, a global pandemic threatened the entire sport and exposed rifts and power imbalances across its landscape. This was a year of......

Illinois hires Bielema to replace Smith as coach

Illinois is hiring former Wisconsin and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to lead its football program, the school announced Saturday. Bielema, 50, has spent the three two seasons as an NFL assistant, working this year for the New York Giants after two years with the New England Patriots. He had expressed......

Tuesday College Basketball Betting Preview: Top ACC and Big Ten Conference Games of the Night

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Roy Larking No. 24 Clemson at Virginia Tech Clemson (5-0) and Virginia Tech (4-1) open their ACC conference schedule when the Tigers visit the Hokies. Tipoff for this contest is at 6:30 p.m. ET on December 15 at Cassell Coliseum......

Sources: Smith out at Illinois after 5 seasons

12:33 PM ET Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia Lovie Smith is out as Illinois‘ head......

The cleat, the kick and the game that just defined this college football season

As college football limped toward the finish of its fraught 2020 regular season, it was fitting its final full-slate Saturday was saved by a guy throwing a shoe. And for a team with a leading Heisman contender in QB Kyle Trask, it was ironic the season’s biggest throw came from......

Coastal Carolina-BYU is the game of the year, bad teams win big and more from an upside-down Saturday

It has been hard to find silver linings in 2020, a year when little has felt normal and too many of the things we love have been kept at a distance. But Saturday gave us something we wouldn’t have gotten in any other season. Four days ago, there was no......

Best of Week 14: Coastal Carolina downs BYU, Bama is out for revenge and more

Week 14 is one for the ages for college football. Never before have we seen two undefeated teams, thousands of miles apart, up and schedule a game against each other in just a matter of days. But that’s what happened with No. 13 BYU and No. 18 Coastal Carolina. Of......

Ohio State-Illinois off after more positive tests

Ohio State has canceled Saturday’s game at Illinois because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the No. 4 Buckeyes’ program, and they have paused all team-related activities indefinitely after additional positive tests were revealed Friday evening, the school announced. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, university president Kristina M. Johnson and......

Northwestern in the playoff? Michigan-Rutgers in 3OT? Week 12 brings the chaos

This year has been so filled with chaos, it’s hard to notice each new twist or turn. Our collective lack of surprise is actually the one thing that has kept us bonded throughout a year in which our connections have been stretched and tested like no other time in recent......

A mind-boggling Big Ten, QB drama and fake spikes are all we needed in Week 11

There have been Saturdays with more drama. Look no further than last week’s Clemson-Notre Dame thriller. There have been Saturdays with bigger games. This week lacked a single matchup between top-25 teams, with four of the top five squads sitting out. With 15 games postponed or canceled because of the......

Notre Dame’s epic win, the Big Ten’s confounding season and the CFP’s thrilling race for No. 4

Before the game, the story was about Clemson‘s superstar quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who was sidelined by a virus and league protocols. During the game, the story was about Clemson’s freshman quarterback, D.J. Uiagalelei, who stepped in, rallied the Tigers from a double-digit deficit for the second straight week and, in......

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