— Brandon Peters threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and Illinois rolled over Big Ten rival Northwestern 47-14 on Saturday.
— Illinois must beat a struggling, determined Northwestern team at home on Saturday to keep alive the slimmest of hopes for a bowl bid.
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— Aidan O’Connell threw three touchdown passes to Milton Wright on Saturday to lead Purdue to a 32-14 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field.
The chaos of the 2021 college football season continued, and the trolls were active with their commentary.
— Braelon Allen understood the importance of his role following Chez Mellusi's injury, sidelining Wisconsin's leading rusher for the rest of the season.
— Alex Padilla could feel the jitters when he got the call to go into the game. Once he stepped on the field, he sure looked comfortable, though.
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The Wildcats of Arizona ended a 20-game losing streak Saturday with their 10-3 win vs. CalIfornia. The record for the longest losing streak was set 40 years ago Sunday by the Wildcats of Northwestern, with a 61-14 loss to Michigan St. - that 11/7/81 L was their 29th straight, breaking the mark shared by Virginia & the Wildcats of Kansas St., and N'western extended the record to 34 consecutive losses, before its 9/25/82 win vs. Northern Illinois ended the streak.
— Mar’Keise Irving ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 110 yards and Justin Walley scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards for a score as Minnesota defeated Northwestern 41-14 Saturday.
— In the 10 years since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers' tightest games have been against Northwestern.
— Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns Saturday afternoon to lead Northwestern to a 35-6 win over Ohio.
Ryan Field will be getting a makeover with funds earmarked for the football stadium's redevelopment from a record $480 million gift. The Wildcats would need to play at least one season at an alternate venue while work is being done.
We've seen our share of surprises and near misses already, but we want more -- and think we know just where to look.
— Duke scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and did all its scoring in the first half, then held off a Northwestern comeback to earn a 30-23 victory in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon.
Texas leapt Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Ohio State to climb within the top five, while Stanford and South Carolina also rose.
There were plenty of questions heading into college football's Week 1 and, after a weekend of games, we now have some partial answers ahead of Week 2.