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Wildcats’ stout defense ready to stifle Big Ten West

Illinois' Mason Monheim (43) and T.J. Neal (52) tackle Northwestern 's Treyvon Green (22) during the game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The Illini won 47-33.

By Dan Escalona

October 6, 2015

On a nippy Chicago fall afternoon, the ferocious defense of the Northwestern Wildcats forced the Minnesota Golden Gophers into the meat grinder that Ryan Field has become.The 27-0 win over the Gophers was Northwestern’s second shutout of the season.That dominant performance is another exploit of a...

Big Ten football power rankings: Week 5

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 5, 2015

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini football staff ranks the football teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.1. Ohio State (Last week: 1) The Buckeyes survived another threat to their perfect season, this time in Bloomington, Indiana. Ezekiel Elliot scored on to...

Dissecting a wild week one in the Big Ten

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is sacked by Temple defenders Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Temple won 27-10. (Abby Drewy/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By Dan Escalona

September 9, 2015

Week one in college football is normally pretty quiet as far as drama goes — upsets and season-defining moments are rarities. In the Big Ten, however, the season opened with a deafening bang. There was a big upset, heartbreaking defeat and disappointing performance — among others — high...