Minnesota Golden Gophers

Bruce Weber

Illinois Holds Off Minnesota 81-72 In Double OT

Brandon Paul scored a breakaway dunk that put Illinois ahead in double overtime and Meyers Leonard hit the layup that sealed an 81-72 victory over Minnesota in a Big Ten opener Tuesday night.


Head caoch Ron Zook of the Illinois Fighting Illini (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Gray Guides Minnesota Past Skidding Illinois 27-7

MarQueis Gray rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score, guiding Minnesota past backsliding Illinois 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale and sending the Fighting Illini to their sixth straight defeat.


DePaul Blue Demons

Mbakwe Leads Minnesota Past DePaul 86-85

Trevor Mbakwe recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but it was his late defensive play that really stood out.


Stephfin Green and the Nittany Lions head to Madison Saturday with their Rose Bowl hopes still alive. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 13 Big Ten Football Report

In one division, the Big Ten is getting exactly what it wanted when it added Nebraska and split the conference in two divisions to create a conference championship game.

CBS Chicago–11/24/2011

Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 13 Big Ten Bowl Projections

The Big Ten might be out of the national title hunt, but the conference still benefitted from this weekend’s BCS craziness.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2011

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Minnesota Falls Again, Loses 28-13 To Northwestern

Losses keep piling up. Frustration is mounting. For Minnesota, this season probably can’t end soon enough.


Taylor Martinez is the key to Nebraska's 2012 season. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 12 Big Ten Football Report

Nebraska and Michigan are still in the hunt for the Big Ten title, but Saturday’s clash in Ann Arbor also has a BCS twist.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2011

Joe Paterno looks on during his final practice at Penn State before being fired last November. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 11 Big Ten Football Report

There are some good ones this weekend and Penn State-Nebraska was going to be a big game even before all these horrible allegations came out.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2011

The Hawkeyes celebrate a touchdown at Penn State. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 10 Big Ten Football Report

Here’s a crazy, but true thought: Iowa could still play in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2011

Taylor Martinez is the key to Nebraska's 2012 season. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 9 Big Ten Football Report

While the Badgers will once against lace them up under the lights Saturday — this time at Ohio State — it’s the Spartans that are playing in the game of the week.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011

Kirk Cousins. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 8 Big Ten Football Report

Full preview and predictions of this week’s Big Ten action.

CBS Chicago–10/20/2011

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

Illini Lose Undefeated Bid, Drop In AP Poll

When Illinois picked up its first loss of the season at the hands of Ohio State on Saturday, a shot at an undefeated season wasn’t the only thing lost.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2011

Will Jason Ford and the Illini beat Ohio State? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 7 Big Ten Football Report

The Illini host Ohio State in a game they should win. If they lose, I think a lot of concerns about this team will be realized. But how much stock can we put into a win?

CBS Chicago–10/14/2011

Nebraska Cornhuskers. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 5 Big Ten Football Report

The Cornhuskers head to Madison and face the defending conference champs in the biggest game of the week — not just in the Big Ten, but nationally.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011

Brady Hoke

Hoge: Week 4 Big Ten Football Report

If you haven’t looked at this week’s slate of Big Ten games, you might not want to. It’s ugly.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2011

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

Illini’s Brown Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Monday after the Illini’s 17-14 win over Arizona State Saturday.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

Kirk Cousins and Tommy Rees face each other in South Bend this weekend. (Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 3 Big Ten Football Report

Can Notre Dame beat the Spartans? Sure, they are at home and have the talent to it. But what leads you to believe the turnovers are just going to disappear?

CBS Chicago–09/16/2011

Jerry Kill is carted off Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

Former NIU Coach Kill Improving, Could Return This Week

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill could be back on the sideline as early as this week after collapsing during his team’s loss over the weekend.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Michigan will host Notre Dame Saturday night in the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Week 2 Big Ten Football Report

After a somewhat slow first week of Big Ten football in which only two teams played other BCS opponents, things heat up slightly in Week 2 as four Big Ten teams will play BCS opponents.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Wisconsin running back James White, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick, Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams and Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa. (Getty Images)

Hoge: 2011 Big Ten Football Preview

An in-depth 2011 Big Ten Football Preview with predictions and a look at each team’s general outlook, strengths, question marks, key games and trap games.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2011