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A general view of the Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Rutgers To Announce Its Joining Big Ten

Rutgers is leaving the Big East for the Big Ten and cashing in on the school’s investment in a football program that only 10 years ago seemed incapable of competing at the highest level.

670 The Score–11/20/2012

Jordan Lynch. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The State’s Best Football Program? It’s NIU

I’ve always found it odd that here in Illinois, despite being the fifth most populous state in the country, we have only three major college football programs.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2012

Pat Fitzgerald. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Is This Northwestern’s Best Team Since The Rose Bowl?

So, is it really possible that Northwestern posts not only its best win total since 1995 this year, but even its better by one or two victories?

CBS Chicago–11/01/2012

Jim Delany. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Delany: College Football Playoff Won’t Start A Year Early

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany expects the new college football playoff to be finalized by Jan. 1, but he ruled out the possibility of the new four-team tournament starting next season.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2012

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Secret – And Sham – To Tim Beckman’s Success

Down in Champaign, where these days things are far more blue than orange, the Fighting Illini football team is a woeful 2-5 in head coach Tim Beckman’s first season.

670 The Score–10/18/2012

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

Penn State Opens Big Ten With 35-7 Win At Illinois

Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win over Illinois Saturday in the schools’ Big Ten opener.


Manti Te'o (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Notre Dame In BCS Title Conversation?

This will come off as crazy talk to most, but don’t be surprised to see Notre Dame in the middle of the national championship conversation in November.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Football

And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wisch: ‘Leading’ Off, Big Ten’s Start Is ‘Legendarily’ Bad

The Big Ten is indeed off to its worst start in quite a while. And by the looks of it, the season could fizzle out before the conference games even begin next Saturday.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

Everett Golson. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Week 3 College Football Predictions

After a crazy Week 2, the games aren’t as competitive this week and the experts have a lot of similar picks.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Brian Kelly. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Wisch: How Will Notre Dame’s Big Move Impact The Big Ten?

It passed on the Big Ten’s TV millions. It passed on aligning itself with the familiarity of many of its most traditional rivals. And it passed on the region where its campus is based – although some Fighting Irish fans might tell you that, you know, Notre Dame doesn’t really reside here in the Midwest.

670 The Score–09/13/2012

Theo Riddick #6 of Notre Dame celebrates after scoring the first touchdown during the Notre Dame vs Navy game at Aviva Stadiu, on September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Barry Cronin/Getty Images)

Notre Dame Ranked No. 22 In New AP Poll

Notre Dame’s 50-10 routing of Navy in Dublin, Ireland helped propel the Fighting Irish to No. 22 in the newest AP poll.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

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Hoge: 2012 Big Ten Predictions

Predictions for every Big Ten team, including overall record, conference record and bowl game projection.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2012

Brandon Paul

Illinois Releases Big Ten Schedule

Check out the full Big Ten schedule.

670 The Score–08/30/2012

MarQueis Gray (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Jerry Kill has a reputation for turning around programs pretty quickly. Gophers fans are hoping he will successfully do that in Minneapolis, but this is probably his toughest test yet.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2012

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illinois’ Beckman Mishandled Penn State ‘Recruiting’ Trip

At Big Ten Media Days this week, much discussion swirled around the controversial topic of recruiting current Penn State players, who were who were essentially declared “free agents” by NCAA president Mark Emmert as part of PSU’s sweeping sanctions.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2012

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Hoge: Beckman’s Recruiting Tactics At Odds With Delany’s Desires

Beckman confirmed Thursday that he had eight coaches camped out at a State College restaurant outside the Penn State campus Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Sanctions Open The Door For Illini’s Beckman

But thanks to the foibles and failures of two of his conference rivals, Illinois’ first-year football coach could have a big “in” for 2012.

670 The Score–07/24/2012

NCAA president Mark Emmert speaks as Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee and Oregon State president looks on, during a press conference at the NCAA's headquarters to announce sanctions against Penn State University's football program on July 23, 2012 in Indianapolis. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Hoge: BTN Changes Course, Nails Penn State Sanctions Coverage

There was only one television network worth watching Monday morning as the NCAA handed down its historical sanctions on Penn State.

CBS Chicago–07/24/2012

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Penn State To Forfeit Its Share Of Bowl Game Revenue

The following is a release from the Big Ten, detailing their sanctions against Penn State.

670 The Score–07/23/2012