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Wildcats’ stout defense ready to stifle Big Ten West

Wildcats’ stout defense ready to stifle Big Ten West

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...

Dissecting a wild week one in the Big Ten

Dissecting a wild week one in the Big Ten

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...