Gruen's Big Ten Glance: Mike Riley, Nebraska Making Big StridesThe Cornhuskers are ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll, courtesy of a 3-0 record and a big win over the Oregon Ducks.
Western Michigan Beats Illinois, 34-10 Jamauri Bogan ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Gruen's Big Ten Glance: Big Weekend Carries Big College Football Playoff ImplicationsStrength of schedule has proved most important in the CFP selection, and the Big Ten has high-profile games on tap.
North Carolina Beats Illinois, 48-23Mitch Trubisky threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores.
Illinois Trustees Approve Lovie Smith's 6-Year, $21-Million DealThey approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years
Gruen: Big Ten Strong In Week 1, But It's No Time To Get Carried AwayThe Big Ten will truly be tested in Week 3 of the college football season.
Illinois Rolls Past Murray State In Lovie Smith's DebutWes Lunt threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns and Kendrick Foster ran for a pair of 56-yard touchdowns.
Like His NFL Teams, Lovie Smith's Illini Count On Defense To WinSmith's best Chicago Bears defenses were creators of chaos — picking off passes, forcing fumbles and scoring points.
Gruen: Big Ten PredictionsCan J.T. Barrett lead Ohio State back to the College Football Playoff, as he did in 2014?
Unlike Most Schools, Illinois Banks On Lovie Smith's NFL ApproachSmith insists that coaching college football at Illinois hasn't been much different than what he grew accustomed to as coach of the Bears and Buccaneers.
The Bernstein Brief: Get Tim Beckman Away From College Football PlayersBeckman was brought on to the North Carolina staff as a volunteer assistant.
Report: Tim Beckman Is Now A Volunteer Assistant Coach At North CarolinaBeckman was fired by Illinois last August when an investigation concluded he mistreated players.