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Realistic expectations for Northwestern in 2014

A new season is here and we can finally get back to some Wildcats football and get the realistic expectations for Northwestern in 2014. Last year was extremely tough to watch as we saw the Cats just crumble after a quick start to the season. The Cats started the season with four straight wins then dropped their next seven games before knocking off Illinois to end the season. One more win would have put the ...

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Four Big Ten players on watch list for Ted Hendricks Award

The Big Ten announced today that four Big Ten players are on the watch list for the Ted Hendricks award. The award is given out at the end of the season to the nation's most outstanding defensive end. Only two times has the award been given to a Big Ten player, Michigan's Lamarr Woodley (2006) and Illinois' Whitney Mercilus (2011). This season Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun, Michigan's Frank Clark, Nebra ...

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10 Key Big Ten Players Heading Into 2014

With the college football season right around the corner and all Big Ten teams having started camp over the weekend, I decided to introduce you to the top 10 key big ten players heading into 2014. I put this list together not by who is the best athletes in the Big Ten but by who means the most to their teams for the chance at a Big Ten Title. Let's start with number 10 and work are way to the number one key ...

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Eight Big 10 Teams Received Votes in Preseason Amway Coaches’ Poll

The Preseason Amway Coaches' Poll came out the other day and eight of the 14 Big 10 schools received votes. Four schools  in the top 25 and two in the top 10. Back-to-back Big 10 conference champion Ohio State ranks sixth to start the season. Ohio State had a perfect season going last year with National Title hopes until they lost in the Big 10 Championship game to Michigan State. They then went on to lose ...

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Illinois show they still have something to play for as they cruise past Nebraska

53 days is a long time. With Nebraska in town, it's been 53 days since Illinois last won a home game. It was an unfamiliar site to see Illinois take on Nebraska with the Cornhuskers sitting in sixth place and the Illini looking up from the very bottom. With 12 losses on the year, the NCAA tournament has been out of the picture for Illinois for a while now—someone might have to tell them that. If Illinois ha ...

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Illinois pass last season’s win total with 50-14 rout against Miami (OH)

The Fighting Illini looked to make a statement against the 0-3 Miami (OH) RedHawks after losing to Washington at Soldier Field two weeks ago. Igniting for 50 points—Illinois did just that. After a slow first quarter, Illinois exploded for 29 second quarter points to take a 36-0 half time lead. The 36 first half points was the most for the Illini since 1983. The RedHawks would find some rhythm late, but Illi ...

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Big Ten Basketball Preview Part One: Nebraska and Penn State

*This is part one of a six part series previewing each Big Ten team. Part one, Monday: Nebraska, Penn State Part two, Tuesday: Northwestern, Purdue Part three, Wednesday: Iowa, Illinois Part four, Thursday: Minnesota, Wisconsin Part five, Friday: Michigan State, Michigan Part six, Saturday: Ohio State, Indiana The polls are out. With five ranked teams (Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana) and anot ...

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Catching up with Safety Corey Cooper

Corey Cooper was a Safety at Proviso East High School near Chicago. Cooper has signed his letter of intent to play football at Nebraska next year.  I caught up with him for a brief interview. PH: Why did you decide to choose Nebraska over Illinois, after already committing to Illinois? Corey: I felt a lot more comfortable with the coaches on the NeBraska coaching staff. PH: What position do you intend on pl ...

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