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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...

In this photo provided by Auburn Athletics, Bryan Harsin, Auburn's new college football coach, talks during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics via AP)

New Auburn coach Bryan Harsin embraces challenges

Dec. 24, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Bryan Harsin got a quick lesson in priorities at Auburn. The Tigers' new coach, fresh from a successful seven-year run at Boise State, meandered through a more than half-hour opening statement Thursday at his introductory news conference. The first question when he finally finished was, fittingly, about competing...

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 file photo, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin watches his players warm up for the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. No. 25 San Jose State will face perennial conference powerhouse Boise State in the Mountain West championship on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Las Vegas. The game is usually played on the higher seed’s home field but this year it will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium.  (AP Photo/Steve Marcus, File)

Auburn hires Boise State's Harsin to lead football program

Dec. 22, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Auburn hired Boise State's Bryan Harsin as its head coach on Tuesday, luring him away from his alma mater and into the powerful Southeastern Conference. The 44-year-old Harsin is 69-19 with three Mountain West titles in seven seasons at Boise State, but winning in the SEC affords greater chances for playoff...

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...

FILE - Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans, in this Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Alabama won 21-0. Saban's dominating run at Alabama is more than just wins and championships. He's also ruined the careers of many of his fellow SEC coaches and cost the league's other 13 schools more than $100 million in buyouts -- all in search of someone who can knock the game's greatest coach from his perch.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Column: Alabama's Nick Saban is Coach Killer of the SEC

Dec. 18, 2020 2:49 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — They keep trying to knock him off. Occasionally, they're successful. A Kick Six here. A Joe Burrow there. In the end, though, no one in the Southeastern Conference comes close to Nick Saban. He's the ultimate Coach Killer. Over his 14-year reign at Alabama, the other 13 SEC schools have...

Then Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn wishes players good luck during warmups prior to an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Starkville, Miss. Auburn athletic director Allen Greene announced the coach's firing on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, a day after the Tigers finished the regular season with a 24-10 victory over Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Auburn hires search firm for coach, forms advisory group

Dec. 15, 2020 2:50 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has hired a search firm and formed an advisory group to help with the search to replace fired football coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn will use Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search Firm to assist the eight-member advisory group that includes athletic director Allen Greene and 1985...

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall (10) goes into the stands to give a fan a hug following a win over Troy at an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Troy, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Sun Belt continues breakout season

Dec. 14, 2020 11:28 AM EST

The Sun Belt's breakout season just keeps getting better. Coastal Carolina cracked the top 10 in the latest Associated Press poll Sunday, setting a new standard for a conference that before this season never had a team ranked better than 19th. The very top of the rankings held steady again, with No. 1 Alabama...

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn listens to an official's call during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Starkville, Miss. Auburn won 24-10. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Auburn fires football coach Gus Malzahn after 8 seasons

Dec. 13, 2020 6:01 PM EST

Auburn fired football coach Gus Malzahn, ending an eight-year run that began with a trip to the national championship game. Athletic director Allen Greene announced the firing Sunday, a day after the Tigers finished the regular season with a 24-10 victory over Mississippi State. Auburn is 6-4 in a...