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Illinois officially ineligible for a bowl game after falling to Ohio State 60-35

When Illinois took on Ohio State at Memorial Stadium, the teams couldn’t share more contrasting narratives. The Buckeyes are the consensus No. 3 team in the nation, holding a 9-0 record and winners of 13 straight Big Ten games. On the other side of the field, Illinois is 3-6, losers of five straight games and 19 straight Big Ten games. With three games left on their schedule with Ohio State up, Illinois had ...

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Big Ten Media Day: 12 important quotes for the 12 teams

1. Michigan State “It’s an honor, but at the end of the day it’s not gonna be given to you. You wanna be recognized as the Big Ten player of the year at the end of the season not before you even play a game. Nothing’s gonna be given to me so I gotta go out there and play just like everybody else.”- Shooting guard Gary Harris on receiving Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year honors So wait a second, Gary Har ...

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Northwestern Preview: First True Test Comes Under National Spotlight vs. Ohio State

The first real test of the season comes under the national College Gameday spotlight Saturday in Evanston. The #16 Northwestern Wildcats open their conference schedule against Big Ten favorite, #4 Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams come into this game undefeated. Ohio State is 5-0 with a quality win over ranked Big Ten rival Wisconsin. The Wildcats haven't really taken on a serious competitor yet this year. Th ...

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Illini Redeem Themselves with Buckeye Crushing

  After recent losses to Missouri and Purdue, the #11 (AP) Illinois Fighting Illini put themselves back in national discussion as they defeated the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes handily by a score of 74-55. Brandon Paul led the Illini in scoring again with 19 points. Nnanna Egwu, Tracey Abrams, and Joseph Bertrand also scored double figures for Illinois.  Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 24 points. It wil ...

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Addressing the Illini’s Weaknesses Heading into Ohio State

Toughness and Togetherness. This motto has been the driving force for the Fighting Illini this season. Every practice, every game, each player has had a “TNT” wristband strapped across their wrist. A constant reminder of what they strive for. It’s been the theme for Illini this season—and also their downfall.  As the Illini head back to Champaign to face the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes after suffering a deflatin ...

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Random thoughts: Silva vs. Bonnar, Bears-Packers, Rose new shoes and more

Bears woes and annoying Packers’ fans So the Bears lost to the Packers, I’m sure you’ve heard of this by now. Especially if you live in Illinois and have to deal with annoying Packers’ fans who think it’s necessary to shit talk at every given moment after a victory. Which brings me to another issue, why are there so many Packers’ fans in Illinois? Most of them aren’t from Wisconsin, most of them tend to roo ...

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Big Ten Breakdown: Week 6

Before I get rolling on this week's games, how scary is this Nebraska program going to be next year in the Big Ten?  What they did to that Kansas State squad on Thursday shouldn't be considered legal.  Okay, enough drooling, onto the games that matter. The Big Ten will kick off their second week of conference play, with just one game between ranked teams, but a couple others with wire potential.  Iowa is th ...

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Way Too Early: Previewing the 2010-2011 Season for Big Ten Basketball

The Big Ten is expected to do some very big things next year, especially the top six or seven teams in the conference. Up to six teams have been placed in some type of Top 25 for the 2010-2011 college basketball season rankings I have come across. The usual powerhouses such as Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Ohio State are expected to be in the Top 25. But teams like Illinois and Minnesota have also ...

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