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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, left, talk with quarterback Justin Fields during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Nebraska Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Nebraska 52-17. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Heisman race begins as Fields enters

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Now that Justin Fields has arrived, the Heisman Trophy race can begin. Though the front-runner might not be the quarterback you think. Fields made up some ground Saturday with a spectacular season debut for No. 5 Ohio State against Nebraska. He went 20 for 21 for 276 yards and a couple of touchdowns. His only...

Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey, left, looks to throw a pass against Maryland during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Ramsey, Anderson lead way, Northwestern pounds Terps 43-3

Oct. 25, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Peyton Ramsey sure seemed comfortable in his new surroundings. Northwestern looked like a team out to prove its struggles last season were nothing more than an unpleasant aberration. It all added up to one lopsided victory and a milestone for coach Pat Fitzgerald. Ramsey threw for 212...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue, in Bloomington, Ind. A big reason for Northwestern's struggles on offense last season was the play of the quarterbacks. Northwestern got help in March when Peyton Ramsey announced he was transferring from Indiana. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

With new QB, Northwestern hopes rebound starts against Terps

Oct. 22, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

Peyton Ramsey already has one big victory for Northwestern. A graduate transfer from Indiana, he won the quarterback competition and will try to give the Wildcats the lift they are seeking after a first-to-worst tumble left them at the bottom of the Big Ten West last year. The next phase begins when the...

Miller, Whillock among 4 Northwestern players opting out

Oct. 16, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Defensive end Samdup Miller, safety Travis Whillock, quarterback Aidan Smith and tight end Jason Whittaker have opted out of Northwestern's pandemic-shortened season, the school announced Friday. With Miller and Whillock deciding not to play, the defense is down two returning...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald calls out a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Massachusetts, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern underwent quite a transformation last season, and it sure wasn't the kind the Wildcats welcomed. They became the first team to go from playing in the Big Ten championship game to finishing last in the division the following year. They're looking for a quick turnaround. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)

Northwestern seeks quick jump after first-to-worst tumble

Oct. 14, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

Northwestern underwent quite a transformation last season, and it sure wasn't the kind the Wildcats welcomed. They became the first team to go from playing in the Big Ten championship game to finishing last in the division the following year. They're looking for a quick turnaround in a pandemic-shortened season. ...