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AP Top 25 Takeaways: CFP race of Big 12 incoming, outgoing

Oct. 24, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

There is a developing College Football Playoff race between an outgoing Big 12 school and an incoming Big 12 school. No. 2 Cincinnati, heading to the Big 12 at some point, and No. 3 Oklahoma, leaving the Big 12 at some point, remained undefeated Saturday, though neither...

Illinois stuns No. 7 Penn State 20-18 in NCAA's 1st 9OT game

Oct. 23, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Over the course of an unprecedented nine overtimes, Illinois survived Penn State's botched attempt at a trick play, lost its quarterback and a powerful running back to injury, and failed to gain just three measly yards again and again. When...

No. 7 Penn State, Illinois unsure of QBs ahead of matchup

Oct. 21, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State coach James Franklin originally planned to practice with two quarterbacks this week, neither named Sean Clifford. But the third-year starter, who is nursing an unspecified upper body injury, participated with some passes. He also...

No. 7 Penn State, Illinois deal with QB injuries

Oct. 21, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

Illinois (2-5, 1-3 Big Ten) at No. 7 Penn State (5-1, 2-1), Saturday at 12 p.m. EDT (ABC). Line: Penn State by 23 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Series record: Penn State leads 20-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE? ...

Wisconsin uses running game to roll over Illinois 24-0

Oct. 09, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Chez Mellusi ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-0 on Saturday. Braelon Allen rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and John Chenal carried nine times for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers. ...

Struggling Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Illinois

Oct. 07, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Wisconsin will try to get back on track against Illinois on Saturday after suffering consecutive losses for just the fifth time in seven seasons under coach Paul Chryst. The Badgers (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten) are off to their worst start since 1990 and...

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa highlights Big Ten schedule

Oct. 07, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

Things to watch during Week 6 of play in the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa This will be the biggest game at Kinnick Stadium since a top-ranked Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan in 1985. Expect a...

Wisconsin lists QB Mertz as questionable for Illinois game

Oct. 04, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is listing quarterback Graham Mertz as questionable for Saturday's game at Illinois after a chest injury knocked him out of the weekend loss to Michigan. Mertz didn’t return to the Michigan game after Daxton Hill sacked him early in the...

Chase Brown's 257 yards, 2 TDs leads Illinois past Charlotte

Oct. 02, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Chase Brown rushed for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Illinois beat Charlotte 24-14 on Saturday. It stands as the fourth best single-game rushing performance in Illinois history. His 80-yard scoring run as time expired in the third quarter was...

Illini look for first win since August vs Charlotte

Sep. 30, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has not won a game since August and hosts a surging Charlotte team Saturday that is eager to knock off a Big Ten opponent. Illinois’ last victory was the 30-22 season-opening win over Nebraska on Aug. 28. The Illini (1-4, 1-2 Big Ten)...