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Division still in sight, No. 23 Wisconsin hosts Illini next

A loss at the Big House left Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook and his teammates reassessing their goals. The playoff is now out of reach for the 23rd-ranked Badgers after getting blown out last week at Michigan, though they still control their destiny in the Big Ten West. Win their last six regular-season games, starting on Saturday against visiting Illinois, and ...

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No. 18 Penn St., Indiana seeking to rebound from struggles

Penn State coach James Franklin is all too familiar with this week’s daunting scenario. He watched the Nittany Lions‘ conference title hopes and playoff possibilities slip away with back-to-back road losses last October. Two early losses during a three-week stretch in 2016 kept the eventual Big Ten champs out of the playoffs. In 2014, a four-game midseason losing streak prevented ...

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Spartans, Wolverines showing respect before big matchup

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio began his news conference this week by talking about how well Michigan is playing, and how the No. 6 Wolverines certainly deserve a lofty ranking. He later pointed out that recent matchups between the Spartans and Wolverines have been played in good spirit. “The three games that we’ve had, ’15, ...

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Winless Huskers are still sore about 2017 loss to Minnesota

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If Nebraska needs any extra incentive to pick up its elusive first win Saturday, players who were on the field against Minnesota last year need only remember what happened in that game. The Gophers (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten), who visit Memorial Stadium on Saturday, rushed for 410 yards overall and also scored two touchdowns in the ...

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Surging No. 19 Iowa returns home to host talented Maryland

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is back in the Top 25 behind a rejuvenated offense and a resilient defense. The 19th-ranked Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) hope to keep things rolling on Saturday in their only home game in a stretch of 42 days when they host Maryland (4-2, 2-1) for just the second time ever. The Hawkeyes are ...

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No. 2 Buckeyes still seeking improvement on trip to Purdue

Jeff Brohm sees all sorts of challenges in No. 2 Ohio State. Purdue’s coach knows the Buckeyes are big and strong, capable of scoring dozens of points and of making life miserable for opponents. Urban Meyer views his team quite differently. No, he won’t quibble with the impressive wins or the undefeated record but he knows Ohio State still needs ...

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After 15 years of waving the flag, Wazzu gets ‘GameDay’

Long before the sun rises over the rolling hills of the Palouse, the fans in crimson and gray will make their pilgrimage. They’ll come stumbling out of RVs parked the night before in nearby lots. They’ll walk through campus past the Bryan Clock Tower or make the hike up College Hill They’ll don jerseys bearing the names Leaf, Thompson, Bledsoe, ...

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Vols’ coach says this could be Saban’s best Alabama team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be the best Alabama team of Nick Saban’s 12-year tenure. Pruitt was part of Saban’s staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator . Now he’s a first-year head coach preparing ...

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Surprising Texas, Murray among Big 12’s midpoint best

There is a Big 12 surprise deep in the heart of Texas. Since the Longhorns lost their season opener to Maryland for the second year in a row, coach Tom Herman’s team has a six-game winning streak and is ranked in the top 10 after September for the first time since 2009 — when they were the national runner-up after ...

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