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FILE - South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) throws a pass against Texas A&M during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in College Station, Texas. South Carolina and coach Will Muschamp haven't had a true quarterback competition since 2016 _ and he's taking much of the way through camp as Ryan Hilinski, Collin Hill and Luke Doty try to become the Gamecocks' passer. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

QB transfer Hilinski looks to make impact at Northwestern

Jan. 24, 2021 1:39 AM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern added another quarterback last week when Ryan Hilinski announced he was transferring from South Carolina. If he makes as big an impact as Peyton Ramsey last season, the Wildcats will take it. Ramsey led the Wildcats to a 7-2 record, the Big Ten West championship and a...

Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) looks for a receiver against Auburn during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Ramsey leads No. 15 Northwestern past Auburn in Citrus Bowl

Jan. 1, 2021 6:31 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Northwestern's defense sent coordinator Mike Hankwitz into retirement as a winner. Peyton Ramsey threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the 15th-ranked Wildcats clamped down defensively to beat Auburn 35-19 in the Citrus Bowl on Friday. Ramsey, a graduate transfer,...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald looks at the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Evanston, Ill. No. 15 Northwestern plays against Auburn in the Citrus Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

No. 15 Northwestern aims to rebound vs Auburn in Citrus Bowl

Dec. 31, 2020 1:05 PM EST

Citrus Bowl: Northwestern (6-2, No. 14 CFP) against Auburn (6-4), Friday, 1 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Northwestern by 3 1/2. Series record: Auburn leads 1-0. WHAT’S AT STAKE No. 15 Northwestern is looking to complete the season on a high note after losing to playoff-bound Ohio State 22-10 in the Big 10...

FILE - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, file photo. It’s been a whirlwind three weeks for Auburn, given longtime coach Gus Malzahn getting fired on Dec. 13, new coach Bryan Harsin being introduced 11 days later, several players opting out of the Citrus Bowl and the Tigers hurriedly trying to prepare for a showdown against a stout Northwestern defense. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Auburn ignoring upheaval, hoping to beat No. 15 Northwestern

Dec. 31, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It’s been a whirlwind three weeks for Auburn, given longtime coach Gus Malzahn getting fired on Dec. 13, new coach Bryan Harsin being introduced 11 days later, several players opting out of the Citrus Bowl and the Tigers hurriedly trying to prepare for a showdown against a stout...

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson looks for a receiver during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/George Frey, Pool)

Shrunken bowl season makes it more important to watch'em all

Dec. 22, 2020 11:44 AM EST

Well, hope you're happy, Mr. (or Miss) There Are Too Many Bowls guy (or gal). This long season through a pandemic has whittled the bowl lineup from the 43 games that were originally scheduled to fewer than 30. That's a lot less college football and there is no reason to be happy about it. Most of us will miss the...

FILE - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald walks on the field during the fourth quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., in this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, file photo. Pat Fitzgerald figures he'll add a few more gray hairs by the time No. 15 Northwestern steps on the field to face No. 3 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, Dec. 19. Then again, if Northwestern wins? “Not gonna lie to you, it would be a helluva ride home on I-65,” Fitzgerald said.  (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

No. 15 Northwestern, Auburn set to meet in Citrus Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 6:31 PM EST

No. 15 Northwestern (6-2, Big Ten) vs. Auburn (6-4, Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. EST LOCATION: Orlando, Florida TOP PLAYERS Northwestern: Freshman running back Cam Porter has provided some punch in the ground game for the Wildcats late in the schedule. Porter ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns...

Ohio State running back Trey Sermon, top, is sent flying by Northwestern defensive back A.J. Hampton (11) during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

No. 3 Ohio St. runs past No. 15 Wildcats for Big Ten crown

Dec. 19, 2020 5:33 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State running back Trey Sermon got the message Saturday. He'd heard coach Ryan Day preach about everything the Buckeyes overcame to reach this season's Big Ten championship game. He also heard Day urging players to overcome more obstacles in the second half. So Sermon delivered...

Northwestern running back Cam Porter, left, scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

No. 3 Buckeyes, No. 15 Northwestern vie for Big Ten crown

Dec. 17, 2020 4:17 PM EST

No. 15 Northwestern (6-1 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (5-0, No. 4 CFP) Saturday at noon EST (Fox). Line: Ohio State by 20 1/2. Series record: Ohio State leads 63-14-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Ohio State is seeking a school record fourth consecutive outright Big Ten title but also hopes to burnish its...

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, left, rushes against Michigan State's Antjuan Simmons during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich.   (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Big Ten Champions Week has game for title and 4 on undercard

Dec. 17, 2020 1:45 AM EST

Things to watch during the ninth week of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 15 Northwestern vs. No. 3 Ohio State, at Indianapolis The Big Ten championship game is the final step on the Buckeyes' path to the College Football Playoff and is a rematch of the 2018 game, which Ohio State won 45-24....

Northwestern football head coach Pat Fitzgerald celebrates with players as he holds the Land of Lincoln Trophy after Northwestern defeated Illinois 28-10 in an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

For Northwestern, Big Ten title game follows big turnaround

Dec. 16, 2020 5:19 PM EST

Pat Fitzgerald figures he will gain a few more gray hairs by the time No. 15 Northwestern steps on the field to face third-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday. As the Wildcats' coach, it's his job to figure out a way to contain the Buckeyes. And with Justin Fields leading their...