| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:23 AM
The biggest question regarding the Big Ten's new bowl system is not how it will work. It's why anyone didn't think of this sooner.
For decades the bowls determined which teams they would invite. They based their decisions on potential ticket sales,...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 5:32 PM
Offensive lineman Brandon Vitabile reacted to a question about whether he had glanced at any bowl projections by adopting a poker face. Apparently that's a no-no for Northwestern players.
Finally Vitabile cracked and asked: "They do those?"
| Nov 25, 2014
| 7:00 PM
Let's all breathe a sigh of relief. The wussification of America is not complete.
Gary Andersen scared us there with his Monday comments regarding the Paul Bunyan Axe. The Wisconsin coach said that the axe, a super-cool trophy awarded to the Minnesota-...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 3:43 PM
The Northwestern players exited Ryan Field quickly, ceding their turf to the victorious men in orange and white. As is custom, every Wildcat tapped a sign that says TRUST YOURSELF on their way out.
Truth is, the motto for this Northwestern offseason...
| 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...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 6:12 PM
Lloyd Yates' favorite quarterback is Tom Brady.
"I just like the way he carries himself," Yates said. "He has a swagger. The wife, the house … he has it all, on and off the field."
Plus there's this: Barely anyone thought Brady could flourish...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 3:28 PM
It's a convenient storyline: The manically competitive Jim Harbaugh, a man who once reportedly picked on a 10-year-old kid to beat friends at laser tag, is tearing through the Big Ten, flipping recruits to Michigan in his first five weeks on the job....
| 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...