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Big Ten rivalries return to traditional spot in ’21

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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

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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......

Cheerleader sues NU over harassment, per report

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EVANSTON, Ill. — A Northwestern cheerleader is suing the university, saying she was groped by drunken fans and alumni at school-sanctioned events and administrators tried to cover up her complaints, the Chicago Tribune reported. Hayden Richardson details repeated instances where she says she was harassed in a federal lawsuit filed......

N’western rewards Fitzgerald with 10-year deal

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Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald has agreed to a new 10-year contract with the school that stretches through the 2030 season. Fitzgerald, a former star linebacker at Northwestern who twice won national Defensive Player of the Year honors, is the winningest coach in team history, with a 106-81 record in......

Final college football Power Rankings for the 2020 season

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In the realm of Alabama football (and given the monster Nick Saban has created), going two entire years without winning a national championship is inexcusable. Pardon the sarcasm. But as we look back on a season unlike any other in college football, right there at the top of ESPN’s final......

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

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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......

Sources: NFL teams eye NW’s Fitzgerald for HC

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NFL teams are expected to make formal requests to interview Northwestern‘s Pat Fitzgerald for their head-coaching jobs after the Wildcats’ bowl game, league sources told ESPN. Two teams already inquired about Fitzgerald’s availability Saturday afternoon after Northwestern lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game, according to a......

Buckeyes WR Olave out for Big Ten championship

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Ohio State will be without leading wide receiver Chris Olave, starting linebacker Baron Browning and others for Saturday’s Big Ten championship against No. 14 Northwestern. Olave and Browning are among 22 players Ohio State listed as out for the title game. Starting safety Marcus Hooker is listed as a game-time......

How to Watch Big Ten Championship Game

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenna West After a rocky regular season, Northwestern and Ohio State will meet in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes are looking to land one of the four College Football Playoff spots and appear......

Digging into the best under-the-radar storylines for championship weekend

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7:27 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. It’s championship week, whatever that means in this wild year. Did Oregon win its division? No, but the Ducks are playing for a Pac-12 championship.......

Bama leads steady top 5; Iowa State gets boost

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The top five teams in the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings, released Tuesday, remained unchanged, while Iowa State‘s playoff hopes received a boost and Cincinnati‘s absorbed another blow. Alabama continues to lead off the rankings at No. 1, followed by No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio......

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What’s next for each ranked team?

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The new AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and Alabama remains a unanimous No. 1, with Notre Dame and Ohio State behind the Crimson Tide. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team. No. 1 Alabama (10-0) As the Heisman Trophy race heats up, Alabama has given voters another......

Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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10:00 AM ET Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia With the College Football Playoff selection show......

What we’ll miss without “The Game,” and what we’re watching instead in Week 15

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7:00 AM ET David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Harry Lyles Jr. A year ago, in the aftermath of another dominant Ohio State win over Michigan, a 56-27 shellacking that almost felt routine, there were obvious questions......

CFP top 6 holds steady; Big 12 still alive in chase

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The top six teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained the same on Tuesday, including Ohio State, which stayed at No. 4 despite uncertainty about its upcoming opponents. The Big 12, meanwhile, is still alive in the CFP race. The Buckeyes stayed ahead of No. 5 Texas A&M and......

Latest projections for every bowl game, including the College Football Playoff

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Nov 29, 2020 Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia The past week in college football saw......

Cancellations, upsets and the Pillow Fight of the Week make The Bottom 10 all about the Big Ten

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[Editor’s note: Some Bottom 10 teams have wrapped up their seasons, while others still have a month to play. Meanwhile, the Big Ten is somewhere in between, thanks to everyone from Ohio State and Northwestern to Michigan and Penn State.] Inspirational thought of the week: Hey Spike, you’re scarin’ my......

Bama still leads CFP rankings as top 7 unchanged

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The top seven teams in the College Football Playoff rankings remained unchanged Tuesday, as Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State continue to occupy the top four spots. The Buckeyes stayed at No. 4, despite canceling Saturday’s game at Illinois following an increase in COVID-19 cases within the program, which......

AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What’s next for each ranked team?

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The new AP Top 25 college football poll is out, and Alabama remains a unanimous No. 1, with Notre Dame and Ohio State behind the Crimson Tide. Here’s what’s next for each ranked team. No. 1 Alabama (8-0) If you were in wait-and-see mode with Alabama, what happened Saturday against......

Sarah Fuller and Jaret Patterson lead history-making, record-breaking rivalry weekend

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In normal times, Saturday would have been the finale of the regular season, a chance for divisional powers to secure a spot in a conference championship game or for in-state rivals to afford their fan base license to jeer their neighbors in grocery stores, churches and office cubicles for the......

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