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One of the state's top underclassmen will have to wait to start his season. Oak Park junior defensive end Nile Sykes (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) suffered a leg injury during a preseason practice and expects to miss at least three to four weeks. "It's a...
Ohio State played host to several top prospects from the Class of 2014 on Saturday for the Buckeyes' 26-21 victory against Michigan. The unofficial visit list of Illinois prospects included De La Salle OT Jamarco Jones and RB Mikale Wilbon, Plainfield...
Of all the insulting misconceptions spread since Northern Illinois qualified for the Orange Bowl, the most uninformed suggests the Huskies will use the unfair opinions of the Kirk Herbstreits of the college football world for motivation. None needed. To...
Maybe I watched and analyzed too many predictable Bears offensive efforts this season, but Tuesday night's ineffective Northern Illinois drill in the Orange Bowl certainly merged those two entities into the same conversation. Jordan Lynch would run...
I was thinking about a blog Mike Helfgot wrote a while back about how ranking players is an inexact science. He used rankings from Rivals.com, my employer, to make the point that some players are missed, some are ranked too high and others are under the...
Every football fan in Bloomington, Ind. — there actually are some — will tell you Saturday's Wisconsin-Indiana game is huge. With Ohio State and Penn State ineligible and Illinois and Purdue hopeless, either the Badgers or Hoosiers will play...
Northern Illinois recently added its third oral commitment from defending Class 3A state champion Aurora Christian when running back Joel Bouagnon picked the Huskies. "NIU really has an offense that is based around the running game, and they use the...
MIAMI GARDENS — You know who, for much of Tuesday night, also looked like they wished Northern Illinois hadn't been sent to the Orange Bowl by some mystifying computer calculation? Florida State, that's who. It struggled mightily in the game it...
The end of this season means there's only a year left of the snaggle-toothed Bowl Championship Series, a cartel dreamed up by Satan that has been infuriating college football fans since 1998. We can't wait for the new four-team playoff starting in 2014...
When Chris Ault, the legendary Nevada football coach announced his retirement this week, it ended a career that spanned 28 seasons with the Wolf Pack. It was also the 27th head coaching change that we've seen in college football this offseason. With...
ATLANTA -- No one down here in Southeastern Conference country was surprised Sunday when the final Bowl Championship Series standings confirmed Alabama would be playing Jan. 7 for the national title. The surprise is why the SEC isn't playing the SEC...
Here's just one of a thousand reasons to love the Northern Illinois Huskies: Growing up, all of us boys who were "big boned" had to get our clothes from the "Husky" collection. Who did they think they were kidding? The only people that really thought we...
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