Michigan State Spartans. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Emma’s End-Around: Oh, What A Night

Michigan State-Oregon is must-watch TV, plus 10 Big Ten thoughts and power rankings.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

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Heisman Watch: Kenny Hill Thrilled But It Is A Long Season

If you did not know his name before Thursday, you undoubtedly know it now. Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill put on quite the show in his debut as the starting quarterback in the post-Johnny Manziel […]

09/04/2014

Memorial Stadium. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: With Attendance, Illini Losing The Numbers Game

Illinois’ football attendance has been dwindling for five straight seasons.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Emma: As Northwestern Falters, Fitzgerald Held Accountable

For all Pat Fitzgerald’s flashy words, the Wildcats haven’t had much success lately.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Notre Dame, Ohio State Agree To Home-and-Home Series

The two programs will clash in 2022 and 2023.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

College Football Spotlight: Big Ten Reputation On The Line For Michigan State

The Big Ten had an opportunity to make a statement in the opening weekend of the college football season, but Wisconsin let a 24-7 lead slip away against LSU in Houston. As Wisconsin saw a […]

08/31/2014

Indiana v Northwestern

Northwestern Comes Up Short In 31-24 Loss To Cal

Jared Goff threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Jefferson had a key interception, and California hung on to beat Northwestern 31-24 Saturday in the season-opener.

08/30/2014

Everett Golson #5 and Amir Carilisle #3 of the Norte Dame Fighting Irish celebrate Golson's second quarter touchdown against the Rice Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 30, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Golson Leads No. 17 Irish To 48-17 Win Over Rice

Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday.

08/30/2014

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini, Lunt Survive Youngstown Scare 28-17

It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener.

08/30/2014

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: It Should Be ‘Bowl Or Bust’ For Beckman In 2014

No Illini coach has started with three straight losing seasons since 1977-’79.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, left, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Emma’s End-Around: How The Big Ten Will Be Won

Stability is such a key in the Big Ten, and Ohio State and Michigan State have it.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2014

USC coach Steve Sarkisian. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Every Day’s A Wild Day At USC

Bogus stories on rescuing nephews yesterday, racism claims today.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2014

TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 12: Jameis Winston #5 of the Garnet team reacts to a pass against the Gold team during Florida State's Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 12, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Heisman Watch: College Football’s Top Contenders And Sleepers

College football’s top players compete for the Heisman Trophy. Here are the contenders as well as a few sleepers.

08/28/2014

USC safety Josh Shaw. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

USC Administrators Still Examining Differing Shaw Stories

Josh Shaw claims he saved his nephew from drowning, but that tale is being looked into.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Emma: Wisconsin To Face Similar Style Against LSU

The Badgers and Tigers will provide an early test for each other Saturday in Houston.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2014

USC safety Josh Shaw. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

USC Looking Into Josh Shaw’s Heroic Story

The Trojans originally said Shaw injured his ankles saving a drowning boy. That might not be the case.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2014

Dick Butkus. (Skip Bolen/Getty Images Fox Cable Network)

Wisch: It’s Time The Illini Erect Statues Honoring Butkus, Halas

It’s time to honor the past and further connect Chicago to Champaign.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2014

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: Running back Devonta Freeman #8 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

College Football Spotlight: 10 Thoughts For The 2014 College Football Season

Forget much of what you know about college football. The chase for one of the four playoff spots begins this weekend with a handful of high-profile games.

08/26/2014

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Emma: Big Ten Power Rankings, Preseason Edition

With an elite defense, Mark Dantonio’s Spartans are dreaming of the College Football Playoff.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2014

Illini wing Kendrick Nunn. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts On The Illini Basketball Schedule

Illinois’ Big Ten slate starts tough, but there’s opportunity for a strong finish.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2014