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Notre Dame can’t get caught up in hype vs. Michigan

There’s a ticker on Michigan’s official football website counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the kickoff Saturday against Notre Dame. The buzz has begun. “I don’t get into all of the hype of the game and things like that,’’ Notre Dame quarterback …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Les Miles’ praise for Badgers doesn’t ring true


HOUSTON — After the 28-24 comeback victory Saturday night over Wisconsin, LSU coach Les Miles had high praise for the Badgers. “Man, they’re a good football team,” Miles said. “Big, strong offensive line. Guys who can run. Their quarterback is a moxie guy who can …

Wisconsin burned by LSU’s chicanery, then falls apart in second half


HOUSTON — The situation screamed for a fake. With LSU coach Les Miles, known far and wide as the “Mad Hatter,” often referred to as a “riverboat gambler” — which, by the way, he doesn’t like at all — surprises are always expected.

And yet …

Golson dome: Irish QB electrifying in first game back


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson couldn’t pinpoint a singular “I’m back” moment. But from the warm ovation he received from the 80,795 fans at Notre Dame Stadium just before his first snap to the last of his five touchdowns, Golson was happy. Happy to …

Irish punt-return game shows some life

Notre Dame had 106 yards on punt returns all of last season.

The Irish finished with 80 in the 48-17 victory Saturday against Rice.

‘‘It was driven by personnel, and it was driven by wanting to improve in that area,’’ coach Brian Kelly said. ‘‘We’ve …

Everett Golson accounts for 5 TDs in Notre Dame win


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It’s hard to imagine a team being more eager to get a season underway than Notre Dame was heading into its opener Saturday with Rice in threatening but largely docile weather conditions at Notre Dame Stadium. Endless repetitions under a hot …

Illini, Wes Lunt ride strong finish to opening victory


CHAMPAIGN — The Wes Lunt era at Illinois didn’t start with a bang so much as a rat-tat-tat. And perhaps the Illini should count themselves lucky even for that. It just as easily could have begun with a thud. But after following a decidedly unambitious …

Illini defense holds up its end of the deal

Defensive coordinator Tim Banks’ units have received almost no love in the last two years — and they rarely did enough to deserve much.

Not so Saturday.

In a stark reversal of roles, Illinois’ defense dug in its heels during a first half in which …

Northwestern thrown for loss by Cal’s two-QB system


Northwestern looked a lot like it did last year in a 31-24 season-opening loss to California on Saturday. The only difference was how it happened, which was even more alarming than the late-game mishaps of 2013. The Wildcats started incredibly slow, mainly because of Cal’s …

Trevor Siemian’s accuracy off as offense struggles

Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian had such a bad day Saturday that coach Pat Fitzgerald couldn’t remember the last time he “saw the ball sail on him like that.”

Siemian struggled with his accuracy all game. The senior quarterback completed 23 of 42 passes for 229 …

After suspension, Irish QB Everett Golson rarin’ to go


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson felt embarrassed and humiliated. The 2013 season had kicked off, and Golson was miles away from Notre Dame Stadium. Miles away from his teammates and coaches. “I watched the Temple game, and I felt kind of bad,’’ Golson said. …

LSU’s Leonard Fournette should be a sight to behold


HOUSTON — The sweet stench of college football is in the air, in our lungs, in our eyes and hair and maybe even on the bottoms of our shoes. Take a whiff of the 10 things I’ll be looking for on the first Saturday of …

Eilar Hardy suspended by Notre Dame during investigation


Notre Dame’s investigation into suspected academic dishonesty is complete. And another player will have to sit while the program waits for a final verdict.

Safety Eilar Hardy became the fifth Notre Dame football player to be held out of practice and games as part of …

No Venric Mark, just question marks for Northwestern


What happens to a team when it loses its only All-American? Well, how about Northwestern in 2013? It lost running back Venric Mark, an All-America punt returner, for the season and had a 1-7 conference record. Does that mean much of the same for 2014 …

Joel Bouagnon scores 4 TDs as NIU extends streak to 27 games


Northern Illinois’ home winning streak grew to a longest-in-the-nation 27 games Thursday night in DeKalb as the Huskies routed Presbyterian 55-3 in their season opener behind four touchdowns by sophomore tailback Joel Bouagnon. Akeem Daniels had a game-high 118 yards rushing on 15 carries for …

Big Game Hunting: Wisconsin vs. LSU in Week 1


STEVE GREENBERG: Based on the physical natures of both programs, Wisconsin-LSU in Houston might be judged going in as a pretty fair fight.