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Holiday Bowl Matchup

Dec. 2, 2018 5:34 PM EST

No. 20 Utah (9-4, Pac-12) vs Northwestern (8-5, Big Ten), Dec. 31, 7 p.m. EST LOCATION: San Diego TOP PLAYERS Utah: LB Chase Hansen, team-high 114 tackles, including 22 for loss; five sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Northwestern: QB Clayton Thorson, 2,675 yards passing, 14 touchdowns. NOTABLE...

Ohio St beats Wildcats for Big Ten crown, hopes it's enough

Dec. 2, 2018 1:20 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night. Now the College Football Playoff selection committee gets to decide whether the Big Ten champions will continue dancing through the next six weeks. Shortly after Haskins made his case to win the Heisman...

No. 6 Ohio St. ignores sideshows as Big Ten title game looms

Nov. 30, 2018 6:16 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy. He treated everything else as a sideshow. Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to earn a...

Fitzgerald, Northwestern eye Big Ten title upset, Rose Bowl

Nov. 29, 2018 6:31 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Safety Jared McGee recalled how little he knew about Northwestern early in the recruiting process and the impression coach Pat Fitzgerald made during a campus visit. It's safe to say the coach played a major role in luring McGee to Evanston. "I was like yeah, Northwestern, what...

No. 6 Ohio State hopes to make playoff case vs Northwestern

Nov. 29, 2018 8:21 AM EST

Big Ten championship No. 21 Northwestern (8-4, 8-1, No. 21 CFP) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) at Indianapolis, Saturday, 8 p.m. EST (Fox). Line: Ohio State by 14. Series record: Ohio State leads 61-14-1. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Sure, Saturday's winner will be crowned the conference champion and establish...

College Football Picks: Can OU avoid Big 12 champ upset?

Nov. 28, 2018 2:14 PM EST

There was a time when the Big 12 championship game was routinely a dream-wrecker for national title contenders. From the first Big 12 title game in 1996 to 2010, the last before it took a hiatus while the conference realigned, the league's championship was won by the lower-ranked team five times. There was also a...

Haskins steps forward as a leader as Buckeyes hit stride

Nov. 28, 2018 10:29 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball. That didn't happen until two weeks ago in the narrow...

Big Ten: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald voted coach of year

Nov. 27, 2018 5:55 PM EST

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald is the unanimous choice for Big Ten coach of the year. The conference on Tuesday announced half its postseason awards based on voting by coaches and media. Fitzgerald led the Wildcats (8-4) to the West Division title after going winless in nonconference...

AP All-America Watch: Star matchups for championship weekend

Nov. 27, 2018 12:38 PM EST

The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend's Power Five conference championship...

For Northwestern, Big Ten title game presents big chance

Nov. 26, 2018 7:29 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The last time the stakes were this high for Northwestern, coach Pat Fitzgerald was a star linebacker on a team that captured the nation's imagination. A Rose Bowl run snapped a string of 23 losing seasons and made the Wildcats a feel-good story in 1995. More than two decades later,...