Purdue vs Northwestern: sneaky meaningful game preview


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The Purdue Boilermakers versus the Northwestern Wildcats is a “sneaky meaningful” and “sneaky compelling” game.

All season long we’ve heard about how each program is moving in a certain direction. And that would be in opposite directions. There is no doubt that Purdue has improved this season; but how much? If they think they’ve really surpassed Northwestern in the Big Ten pecking order, now is the time to prove it. And for all the cries about the decline of Northwestern’s program this season, (and going back to last year too) the big upset in South Bend this past Saturday halted that talk.

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Brian Kelly explains his controversial decision to go for 2


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Brian Kelly made a very controversial decision to go for two, and a lot of the people in the press box blamed #15 Notre Dame’s loss on that very decision. You saw the game, so you can make up your own mind. If you didn’t here’s the Q&A Brian Kelly had with reporters in the press room explaining his justification to attempt the two point conversion.

I’ll leave the speculation, debate and opining up to you. The comment section is below, speak your mind. Or Tweet me @paulmbanks. Here’s the transcript:

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VIDEO: Field view of Northwestern’s OT game winning FG at #15 Notre Dame


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Northwestern’s Jack Mitchell is B.M.O.C. tonight. He drilled a 45 yard field goal to send today’s contest into overtime; then nailed a 41 yarder to pull off the 18 point upset.  #18 Notre Dame (7-3) suffered their first loss at home. The Northwestern Wildcats (4-6) boast wins over Big Ten foes Penn State (less impressive than it sounds), Wisconsin (pretty impressive actually, as the Badgers may have won the Big Ten West division now) and now Notre Dame this season.

Here’s video of the game-winning kick:

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Northwestern basketball has best recruiting class in a very long time


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Here’s how the Big Ten was represented in the recruiting rankings according to 24/7 Sports:  Ohio State #7, Illinois #8, Michigan State #11, Nebraska #23, Wisconsin #30, Penn State #31, Minnesota #36, Northwestern #43 and Indiana #49. Rivals had OSU #8, MSU #12 and the Illini #16 in their top 25. This is new territory for Northwestern basketball. The last time they probably had a recruiting class ranked this high….I’m not sure recruiting services even existed.

NU has never had a class this good in the era of the recruiting-industrial complex that exists today.

Chris Collins formally and officially announced the signing of Jordan Ash (Bolingbrook, Ill/St. Joseph) and Aaron Falzon (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon).

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Comprehensive 2015 Northwestern basketball season preview


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 With the college basketball season tipping off next Friday, this is your Northwestern basketball “starting five,” the five biggest things you need to know/the five most pressing questions.

As it’s the preseason, there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know. Sorry for getting Donald Rumsfeldian (hey, he’s from the North Shore! New Trier graduate) on you, but here’s your Northwestern basketball starting five.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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It is tip-off week for the 2014-15 college basketball season.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years.

UPDATED: 10/10/14
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NU DE Ifeadi Odenigbo looks up to Man City D Vincent Kompany


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For Ifeadi Odenigbo, there are two huge games this weekend. In the first one on Saturday morning, he’ll have a tremendous influence on the result. Northwestern visits Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes at 11 A.M. (Miss Iowa, and Miss America finalist, Aly Olson will perform before kickoff)

Sunday morning at 7:30 A.M, Odenigbo will be a distant but passionate observer for the Manchester Derby (pronounced “dar-by”). Ifeadi Odenigbo (pronounced “if-AH-dee o-DEN-uh-bo”) is a dedicated Manchester City supporter, and this weekend the Citizens take on their hated rivals Manchester United. It’s a must win for both sides as the defending champions (City) have won just twice in their last six. Newcastle eliminated them from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

United enter the contest in high spirits having salvaged a point versus a Chelsea juggernaut that looks like it could easily run away with the title.

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Duke Asst. Jon Scheyer is the next Chris Collins


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Northbrook, IL native Jon Scheyer is one of the most polarizing players in college basketball history. One of the the star players on Duke’s 2010 National Championship team, he’s now an assistant on Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s bench at Duke. He could follow in the footsteps of Northwestern Coach Chris Colllins by becoming a lead assistant, and then, down the line taking a head job at a Division I program.

Scheyer has followed in Collins’ footsteps already. Collins was the first player from Glenbrook North ever to play in college.

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#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Preview and Prediction


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It’s the NU bowl.

Also, the furry feline friend bowl as both programs have cat mascots. In regards to on-the-field material, Nebraska Cornhuskers versus Northwestern Wildcats marks a battle to take control of the Big Ten West division. Wisconsin just doesn’t have it this year, so the race for that slot in the B1G Championship game will come down to the two NUs, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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How Deion Sanders inspired Northwestern RB Justin Jackson


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In true freshman Justin Jackson, Northwestern has found their featured back on offense. Regardless of what the depth chart says, Jackson (@JManPrime21 on Twitter) is the true starter. NU has found life of offense after Venric Mark. Certainly, they’ve found a a new focus in the rush-first attack. Coming closer to finding an offensive identity is a big reason why the Cats have gone 3-0 since starting 0-2.

They now are a major player in the B1g West Division race; where they control their own destiny. 

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Northwestern football: big factor in B1G West race


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By defeating #17 Wisconsin today, Northwestern football took out one of the two teams that everybody thought would decide the Big Ten West. They’ll get their crack at the other one (Nebraska Cornhuskers) at home two weeks from now. If Pat Fitzgerald can beat the Huskers, then a place in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game is theirs for the taking.

With a win over the Badgers in hand, only the Huskers and themselves stand in the way of Northwestern football reaching Indy on December 6th.

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VIDEO: Wisconsin Badgers upset at Northwestern; field storming ensues


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The Big Ten is full of “OMGFacts!” Examples include: The Wisconsin Badgers have not won at Northwestern since 1999. Illinois had as many BCS Bowl Berths as Iowa. Northwestern has a more recent conference title than Nebraska. Tim Beckman is 1-21 versus power five conference teams at Illinois. Tim Beckman is still the head coach at Illinois.

Let’s focus on that first one if we could. Depending on your sports book of choice, the Wisconsin Badgers were 7.5 to 8.5 point favorites on Saturday when they came to Ryan Field. Seems a bit high considering they haven’t won in Evanston in 15 years, right?

Make it 16.

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