Picked to finish last in the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers have the NCAA Tournament in their sights.
Somewhat miraculously, Illinois and Indiana have climbed into NCAA Tournament contention.
College basketball has come to die in Chicago, where the five local teams have a .341 winning percentage.
Wins often equate to power in sports, but that’s not all.
Chris Emma breaks down the Big Ten in his weekly college basketball power rankings.
Ohio State has righted itself, but Michigan and Michigan State still remain on top.
Illinois needs a pick-up from Aaron Cosby, Ahmad Starks and Darius Paul next fall.
Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald says he’s “really excited” about his class.
Buckle up, Illini fans. And, well, Bucky up, too. Because, remember, this isn’t going to be a smooth ride.
For the first time this season, Illinois (13-2, 2-0) has cracked the AP’s Top 25.
As you prepare to watch today’s game, here are five other things you might not have known about the Rose Bowl and its participants over the years.
Ohio State and Michigan State are the two dominant teams in the Big Ten and they deserve to be playing for the Big Ten championship.
The Tim Beckman hire was a mistake and everybody has known it since his first press conference.
If Ohio State gets by the defensive juggernaut of Michigan State in Indianapolis, the Buckeyes absolutely deserve to head to the final BCS Championship Game of the BCS era regardless of what happens at the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
On the campus of the University of Illinois, the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building sits between Florida Avenue and St. Mary’s Road. But when it comes to the Fighting Illini football program, it might as well be stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.
It feels weird to suggest that an undefeated Ohio State team could have absolutely no shot to play in the national championship game, but that is the reality staring down at the Buckeyes right now following the release of the latest BCS standings Sunday night.
It’s not just a new season for the Fighting Illini basketball team.
Right now, Illinois football isn’t going anywhere. But in the future? Well, it could be.
While reputations can often mislead, I’d argue that numbers don’t.