It’s the 2016 NFL Draft, brought to you by Ohio State

By Jordan Ray Four years ago, Joey Bosa, Darron Lee, Eli Apple and Ezekiel Elliott took a picture together during an Ohio State football game. They were visiting the school as high school seniors on a recruiting trip. #tbt to where the journey began. Heading to Chicago to see these guys join a special class […]

NFL Draft: Tide turns for Alabama trio on Day 2

By Jordan Ray Defensive standouts Reggie Ragland, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed were on the field when Alabama won its 16th national title in January. All three were in the Green Room on Thursday night at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. All three were waiting to be drafted by the NFL in the first […]

NFL Draft: Goff, Wentz go 1-2; Tunsil tumbles to 13

By Jordan Ray Last month, Laremy Tunsil was the Tennessee Titans’ presumptive No. 1 overall draft pick. Two late trades made it no surprise that the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles ended up selecting quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz first and second, respectively, Thursday night. The surprise happened to Tunsil just minutes before […]

NFL Draft: Goff, then Wentz? Wentz, then Goff? That’s for Rams to decide

By Jordan Ray Which will it be? When the Los Angeles Rams are on the clock April 28 at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for the 2016 NFL Draft, which quarterback’s name will they send in as the No. 1 overall pick? “We know (it will be a quarterback),” ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper […]

Outback Bowl seems inevitable for Northwestern football

NU Ryan Field

By Jordan Ray After his team beat Illinois last weekend, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made it clear he wasn’t happy with how the College Football Playoff committee has been ranking his team. “I saw a team (Stanford) ranked X amount of spots ahead of us that we beat,” Fitzgerald told reporters. “I don’t get it. […]

Northwestern, Illinois battle for Chicago at Soldier Field

Soldier Field

By Jordan Ray For Northwestern, it’s a chance to get one step closer to making program history. For Illinois, it’s a chance to prove Chicago isn’t just the domain of one Big Ten football team. The Wildcats and Illini face off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field for the first time in the rivalry’s […]

Northwestern survives Purdue, awaits Wisconsin showdown

NU Ryan Field

By Jordan Ray Northwestern entered its game against Purdue as a 14-point favorite. So it was a little surprising when the score was tied with five minutes left. “You’re not just going to walk on the field and blow a team out,” Northwestern sophomore running back Justin Jackson said. “It’s not how it works, especially […]

Game-winning field goal leads Northwestern past Penn State

NU football

By Jordan Ray In the first quarter, Northwestern kicker Jack Mitchell missed a field goal. In the second quarter, he missed an extra point. In the third quarter, he missed another field goal. In the fourth quarter, he won the game.

Northwestern football’s turnaround a matter of time

NU Penn State

By Jordan Ray In Northwestern’s first five games, it allowed only 35 points. The Wildcats gave up 106 in their three games since. The defense that carried the Wildcats to a 5-0 start and No. 13 ranking in the Associated Press poll unraveled down the stretch as the team lost two straight and almost a […]