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Wildcats lead FBS in grad success rate

Wildcats lead FBS in grad success rate

October, 24, 2013 Northwestern’s football program continues to shine in the classroom and in gaining the sheepskins. The NCAA released its latest graduation success rate scores on Thursday, and the Wildcats led all FBS teams with a 97-percent graduation rate in football. Last year, Northwestern was tied for first with Notre Dame. Northwestern also ranked [...]

Injury impact: Big Ten

Injury impact: Big Ten

October, 24, 2013 Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. Every team must deal with them, but some teams get hurt harder than others. Today, we’re taking a look at the teams that have been impacted the most this season. Here’s our ranking of the top three: 1. Northwestern: Injuries have played a major [...]

Poll: Midseason defensive MVP

Poll: Midseason defensive MVP

October, 17, 2013 Earlier this week, we shared our picks for some midseason award winners in the Big Ten. Now we want to know what you think. With half the season in the books, who is the defensive player of the year so far in the league? The choices: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: He is [...]

Borges works to build Gardner’s confidence

After two games this season, Michigan fans were ready to name Devin Gardner the Heisman favorite and redeemer of Michigan quarterbacking. But after four? They wanted him on the bench. Now — given the down or the series — he’s somewhere in between. Gardner is a hazard and an interception waiting to happen, some said. [...]

Big Ten picks rewind: Week 7

October, 14, 2013 The most perfect moment of my week occurred at 1:38 a.m. Thursday, as we welcomed our son into the world. It’s the greatest feeling the world, as you parents out there know. Even an 0-4 showing in the Big Ten picks wouldn’t have wiped the smile off my face. Turns out, my [...]

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 7

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 7

Ohio State still sits atop the Power Rankings, but there has been a significant shake-up after the Buckeyes. Wisconsin’s impressive victory against lifeless Northwestern vaults the Badgers to No. 2, as we consider Gary Andersen’s team the closest to Ohio State at this point in the season. Northwestern takes a significant tumble, and Michigan also [...]

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 7

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 7

October, 13, 2013 Recognizing the best and brightest from the Big Ten in Week 7: Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford: Unlike Penn State last week, the Spartans realized that running the ball against Indiana is usually a good idea. And Langford was the star of that strategy, carrying the ball 23 times for 109 yards [...]

Big Ten Week 7 primer

Big Ten Week 7 primer

There are only four Big Ten games today, but if you work hard enough you can probably catch most of the action. We’re here to tell you what to look for. Noon ET Indiana (3-2) at Michigan State (4-1), ESPN2: This could be a pretty interesting game considering it’s a high-powered offense (IU) against a [...]

Video: Michigan-Penn State preview

Video: Michigan-Penn State preview

Adam Rittenberg Rittenberg joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four years at the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, where he covered sports at Notre Dame, Northwestern, DePaul and several other colleges. He lives in Chicago. Send questions and comments » Brian Bennett Bennett joined ESPN.com in August 2008 after nine years at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, [...]

PSU-Michigan will be good … just not yet

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With the number of memorable moments Michigan and Penn State have given fans over the years, it seems odd that the series is one that has largely been played only during the lifetimes of those who are currently playing in it. The series only reaches back to the Clinton presidency, but [...]