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Anisimov stuffs in Blackhawks' winner (0:35)

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

It's official: The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1, 2019. We know many of you are irritated the Blackhawks are in another outdoor game. Get over it. The best Winter Classics are the ones where the venue is the star, and it would have been nonsensical to not have the Blackhawks in the Notre Dame game given their regional appeal. The venue should also produce an outdoor game local ratings bounce-back for Chicago: They were down 35 percent at St. Louis in 2017 when compared to 2015's game at Washington. The Blackhawks are still a national ratings driver. At this point, they're hockey's John Cena: widely popular, selling lots of merch and leaving smart fans frustrated that new talent isn't getting over. (Please wait your turn again, Nashville.) Although, unlike Cena, the Blackhawks don't always win, going 1-4 in outdoor games. If nothing else, be happy the Winter Classic is being played in a state without an NHL team, hopefully opening the door for games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (featuring the Blackhawks) and Safeco Field in Seattle (also featuring the Blackhawks, probably). Also be happy you're not Jonathan Toews, having to answer the same questions about wind and sun glare and youth pond hockey for the sixth time since 2009, while stewing over the fact that two real points are on the line in a gimmick game.

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Ohio State beats Illinois in a laugher (0:36)
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Illinois' backup QB runs in TD (0:47)
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Buckeyes extend lead with Victor's TD catch (0:36)
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Buckeyes' Weber carries defenders for first down (0:20)
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Buckeyes' Weber with 43-yard TD (0:33)
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Ohio State's Barrett runs in for TD (0:27)
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Pardon slams a dunk, gets block on other end (0:39)
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Ohio State with opening-drive TD (0:25)
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Northwestern steamrolls Minnesota (0:36)
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Northwestern continues to pound Minnesota (0:24)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Northwestern's 39-0 victory over Minnesota Saturday is its largest victory margin in a Big Ten game since a 48-0 defeat of Illinois in 1970, also in Evanston.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

N'western's 21-year gap between 6-game winning streaks pales next to an ongoing one. Indiana last won 6 straight in its 1967 Rose Bowl season. After beating Minn. 39-0 Sat., NU faces Illinois next, seeking its 1st 7-game streak since a school-record 9 wins in a row in its ‘95 Rose Bowl season.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The 39-0 Northwestern win vs. Minnesota Saturday is its largest victory margin ever over the Gophers, surpassing a 42-6 W in 1943, also in Evanston. It's NU's 2nd shutout against Minn. in 3 years (27-0 in 2015).

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Falzon making his first appearance since November 2016. Was one of Northwestern's best perimeter shooters in the 2015-16 season. 6-foot-8 forward.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Hot start for Northwestern against La Salle after suffering a loss on Wednesday night. They have 11 points -- Bryant McIntosh has scored or assisted every point thus far.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's Justin Jackson today joined former Wisconsin Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne as the only Big Ten players to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in all four seasons. Only eight other players have ever done it.