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1-0, 1st in Big Ten - West

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Northwestern's 43-3 win vs Maryland Saturday was its first 40-point conference victory since it beat Illinois 48-0, 10/10/70. During that half century, the Wildcats lost 41 Big Ten games by at least 40 points — 12 in the 1970s, 13 in the ‘80s, 7 in the ‘90s, 6 in the 2000s & 3 in the 2010s. 14 such losses were to Ohio State, 8 to Iowa, 6 to Michigan, 4 each to Wisconsin & Michigan State, 2 to Illinois & 1 each to Purdue, Indiana & Penn State.

Taulia Tagovailoa struggles in first start, throws 3 picks (1:20)
Hull houses 30-yard TD (0:29)
Ramsey finds a wide-open Bowser for the easy TD (0:21)
JR Pace leaps and picks off Taulia Tagovailoa (0:28)
Ramsey weaves through the defense on scramble for TD (0:33)
Anderson weaves his way through Terps defense for TD (0:32)

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His first coaching job was as a Maryland graduate assistant in 1998. A win vs. the Terrapins Saturday would be a school-record 100th for Pat Fitzgerald as Northwestern head coach (2006-), 51 more than 2nd place Pappy Waldorf (1935-46). Indiana & Purdue are the only other longtime Big Ten schools without a 100-win coach. Among active Big Ten coaches, Fitzgerald trails only Kirk Ferentz's 162 wins at Iowa.

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12dTom VanHaaren

Four more N'western players opt out of season

Northwestern announced Friday that defensive lineman Samdup Miller, quarterback Aidan Smith, safety Travis Whillock and tight end Jason Whittaker have all elected to opt out of the upcoming season.

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36dHeather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg

Inside the meeting that saved the Big Ten football season

The Big Ten is playing football this fall. What changed? It all came down to updated medical reports. Those who provided that report take ESPN inside the meeting with Big Ten presidents that changed everything.

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42dAdam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich

Big Ten football is back: What you need to know

After initially canceling its fall college football season, the Big Ten announced the conference will resume play starting the weekend of Oct. 24.


The CFB Pod: The Big Ten is BACK! The guys examine how the conference went from postponing its season to an eight-game schedule start in October

David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg after the breaking news of the Big Ten playing an eight-game season starting October 24. The guys get into how rapid testing was the game changer in the conference’s decision, the lack of flexibility with the shortened timeline of the season and if players will consider opting back in. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss how the Big Ten screwed this whole thing up, why the Pac-12 is even more behind in college football, how the conference stacks up behind Ohio State and D’Eriq King looking ready to scare ACC defenses.

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45dAdam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich

Sources: No vote taken as Big Ten meets again

The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors did not vote Sunday on whether to start the fall football season after hearing updated medical information and other presentations on a potential return to play, sources told ESPN.

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46dAdam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich

Sources: Big Ten revote on football possibly Sun.

The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten return to competition task force met with eight presidents and chancellors of conference universities, and a revote on when to start the fall football season could possibly take place Sunday, sources told ESPN.

Big Ten to present new testing options (1:07)
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47dHeather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg

Sources: B1G group to show new testing options

The Big Ten medical subcommittee will present new testing programs Saturday to a subcommittee of conference presidents and chancellors, outlining options that weren't available last month when the Big Ten postponed the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.

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50dAdam Rittenberg

Politicians ask Big Ten to rethink postponement

Political leaders from six states sent a letter Tuesday to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the league's presidents and chancellors, urging the conference to reconsider its postponement of the 2020 football season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards212.067th
Rushing Yards325.01st
Points For43.09th
Points Against3.0101st