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A decade from now, Rich Rodriguez may look back on Saturday’s overtime win as the turning point in his tenure at the University of Michigan — a game that helped his program achieve one of its goals and got the haters off his back. ...

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Big Ten Preview: Wk 10

Northwestern (6-2, 2-2) at Penn State (5-3, 2-2), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CTFans around University Park are ready to celebrate Joe Paterno’s 400th victory, but before anyone can pop champagne the Nittany Lions must take care of a Wildcats team that is 4–0 on the road this season. Another...

Ball-Hawkeyes

No small numberA win for Penn State this weekend will get Joe Paterno to win No. 400. It’s just another win for Paterno, whose focus is and always has been on his players and their progress, but it’s an amazing total nonetheless. Ridiculous, almost. Consider this:• If you add up...

Big Ten Preview: Wk 9

Northwestern at Indiana, Saturday, 11 a.m. CTIt’s likely the Wildcats are still licking their wounds from last week’s second-half letdown against Michigan State. An upset and all-important sixth victory slipped through their grasp. Funny, last year when the Wildcats and Hoosiers met...

Badgers, Spartans Lead

The only six games that matterWith five weeks remaining, Michigan State fans have already begun to trace their team’s necessary steps to a BCS berth and, perhaps, a crack at the national title. To get there, Michigan State will need to win its remaining games and get some help from the...

Big Ten Preview: Wk 8

Michigan State at Northwestern, Saturday, 11 a.m. CT  Aside from an Oct. 30 visit to Iowa City, this may be the most dangerous contest remaining on Michigan State’s schedule. Why? Because Northwestern is a disciplined and opportunistic club (+5 turnover ratio). Last year the Wildcats...

Badger Upset

The king is dead. Now what?Say what you will about Jim Tressel’s inability to keep his team in the nation’s No. 1 spot; his teams have regularly contended on a national scale during his tenure in Columbus — something no other coach in the conference can claim.For the past decade...

Clay Leads Charge

There is no finer example of a coach who stressed the importance of an education and the fruits of a hard day’s work than Woody Hayes. But as great a man as Hayes was, he was by no means a good sport. When a reporter asked Hayes why he went for two against Michigan while already possessing...

Robinson Runs Wild

Few college football coaches work under as big a microscope as Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, whose job was once thought to be in jeopardy after he blew a second BCS Title game in three years.Imagine that — the coach of your favorite school in trouble for finishing the year in the runner...

Big Ten Weekend Preview

Northwestern at MinnesotaSaturday, 11 a.m. CTAfter a brief absence, the Gophers reinstated wide receiver/returner Troy Stoudermire this week. Good thing, too, as Minnesota will need all the help it can get against a Wildcat squad that remains perfect. One reason for Northwestern’s early...

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