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Spartans’ defeat should serve as a warning to playoff contenders

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook runs for a first down against Indiana during the first half on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

By Dan Escalona

November 10, 2015

Michigan State’s run of luck — and now its chance of playoff — was cruelly extinguished Saturday in Nebraska.No longer the beneficiary of the good luck that had befallen them against Michigan, the Spartans were on the raw end of a controversial call in their stunning loss to the Cornhuske...

Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 1

By Daily Illini Football Staff

September 8, 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 — The defending national champions showed why they deserved to be the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation after defeating ...

Bright NFL futures await Big Ten's premier 2015 season talent

Bright NFL futures await Big Ten's premier 2015 season talent

By Dan Escalona

September 1, 2015

In many ways, college football is a glorified farm system for the NFL.Outside of the common college football debates — which team should be ranked where, who should win the Heisman Trophy and which conference reigns supreme — a typical theme each season involves the status of the next NF...