| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:59 PM
If you love Big Ten football — OK, we'll settle for like – you don't want to examine USA Today's Sagarin ratings.
The league's highest-rated team is Michigan State, at 14. Based on that, the Spartans would rank seventh in the SEC West. Yes,...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:43 PM
If there were any justice, all three Chicago Tribune Silver Football finalists would suit up Saturday in the Big Ten title game.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will further his assault on the Big Ten record books.
Ohio State defensive end Joey...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Each week our national college football writer describes how he would handle the television remote Saturday, handicapping what's worth watching, and skipping:
No. 13 Georgia (4-1) at No. 23 Missouri (4-1)
9 a.m., Channel 2
This game is...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 4:22 PM
The Big Ten's most efficient passer is not the guy viewed as a potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Penn State's Christian Hackenberg actually ranks 10th in that category.
The top quarterback has not been Michigan State's Connor Cook, the offensive...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 10:02 PM
There will be a lot of breath held when JT Compher goes to his next U.S. national junior hockey team camp.
Especially every time the Michigan sophomore center from Northbrook tries to block a shot — which means everyone may frequently be waiting...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 7:57 PM
What a comeback for old-time Big Ten football (except for Michigan).
The proud, venerable league of Dick Butkus and Archie Griffin earned back some respect Saturday with an exceptional showing (except for Michigan).
The future of Jim Delany's scoffed-...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Bobby Baker was 5 when his mother put him in a Lemont Park District gymnastics program.
At the beginning, Baker was frustrated by being unable to get his body to do what he wanted it to do, what he saw some of the other kids already doing. But he...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:02 AM
After the Illini lost to Purdue on Wednesday night, about the only thing Bruce Weber forgot to say in his concession speech was that he was releasing his delegates to vote their conscience.
It’s not that Weber lost his job with his postmortem, it&...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 12:49 PM
The new Illinois coach said he wants to get the “best players who are Illinois guys.’’
Me, I'd rather see the Illini get Kentucky guys. But that's just me.
Then the first thing John Groce said about an Illinois guy is “a desire...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 6:26 AM
I heard from a bunch of angry Illini fanswhen I said Illinois wasn’t a destination job for anybody you’d want to hire. I said it was a steppingstone job for the guys you’d want to bring in. Bill Self jumped to a heritage program. Bruce...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Bo Pelini's expertise has always been defense.
"Pelini's expertise has always been defense," his official Nebraska biography reads.
He played safety at Ohio State, coached linebackers in the NFL (Green Bay, New England), was defensive...