| Nov 27, 2014
| 5:51 PM
As a high school freshman, Justin Jackson watched the Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley Field on TV and told himself: "Man, I wish I could play at one of these schools some day."
He rooted for Northwestern quarterback Evan Watkins — and not...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Offensive lineman Matt Frazier went to bed Monday night without seeing apartment-mate Zack Oliver. Same thing happened Tuesday.
Oliver burned the midnight oil cramming for a test. And that test will come Saturday against Illinois when he makes his first...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 5:04 PM
As Illinois players hoisted the Land of Lincoln trophy Saturday in the middle of Ryan Field after their 47-33 throttling of Northwestern, coach Tim Beckman issued a direct order amid the delirium.
"Bring it to the fans!" he yelled.
Those fans in...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 5:33 PM
Like real estate, everything about a college football head coaching job comes down to three things: Location, location, location.
The value of each victory depends largely on where a head coach works. Losses tax each guy's career differently. You always...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:55 PM
He plays in what's called "the box" — a front designed to corral running backs and harass quarterbacks.
But only a fool would put Chance Carter in a box.
Northwestern's fifth-year senior defensive tackle is a free thinker in a sport that...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Their egos are bruised, their bodies are battered. Nebraska dominated the second half in its 38-17 victory over Northwestern on Saturday, leaving a bevy of injured Wildcats in its wake. Superback Dan Vitale left Ryan Field in a walking boot; receiver Kyle...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 7:17 PM
It started with abdominal pain. Nothing major, but Dwight White felt discomfort one day in June, enough to request a doctor’s appointment.
White had always been the exception. He was a smallish guy (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) playing a high-risk...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:01 PM
Before adoring fans called him "The Moose" or "Joe College" or "Frank the Tank," Frank Kaminsky was known simply as "Frankie" or "Little Frank."
All year round, Little Frank would tag along with his 6-foot-10 dad to gyms around Chicago to watch "Big...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 8:40 PM
When Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany finally gave his blessing to a playoff, it was a nod to hyperventilating college football fans and a thumbs-up to extra TV money.
Another benefit: Given that the SEC champion was practically guaranteed to advance...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 5:17 PM
Many sprains and strains have healed, but Northwestern exited its off week with at least one prominent starter still sidelined: middle linebacker Collin Ellis.
Ellis suffered a concussion Oct. 11 against Minnesota — not his first of the season...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Oh, how I loved it when Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had the Spartans punch in that final touchdown in garbage time against Michigan.
It reminded players on both sides that it's a 60-minute game. It rewarded the Spartans fans who stayed till the...