Illinois-Iowa Postgame Breakdown (1:49)
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Cubs have been here before

And it has never worked out well for them. Prior to Friday's Game 1 defeat, Chicago had lost the first game of a postseason series 11 times. On each of those occasions, the Cubs failed to win the series.

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Hendricks vs. Garcia in Game 2

Down 1-0 in the NLDS, the Cubs will send second-year right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the mound against veteran lefty Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:37 p.m. ET.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Kyle Hendricks doesn't know it. But he'll make history today: First starting pitcher to ever bat 8th in a postseason game. Even Babe Ruth hit 9th in every World Series game he ever pitched

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan kicks off against Northwestern in less than 30 minutes. Wolverines' running back De'Veon Smith looked healthy during warm-ups. He didn't travel last week due to an ankle injury.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon never considered starting Kyle Schwarber today though he's 4 for 6 this postseason. He's 8 for 56 against lefties this year. Cubs face lefty Jaime Garcia


Saturday's MLB postseason schedule

  • Game 2: Cubs at Cardinals, 5:37 p.m. ET (Cardinals lead NLDS series 1-0)
  • Game 2: Mets at Dodgers, 9:07 p.m. ET (Mets lead NLDS series 1-0)
Postseason coverage, schedules


When your trick play is too tricky

Illinois drew up a play for WR Geronimo Allison to throw a pass, but he showed why he plays WR and not QB. Iowa leads 23-13 in the fourth on ESPN2.


Canzeri's 75-yard TD gives Iowa cushion

Jordan Canzeri took one 75 yards to the house to extend No. 22 Iowa's lead to 23-13 over Illinois. The fourth quarter just started on ESPN2.


Kyle Schwarber not in Game 2 lineup

The Cubs' power-hitting lefty won't start vs. Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia in Game 2 of the NLDS tonight, while Jorge Soler, Austin Jackson and Miguel Montero all got the nod.


Will Chiefs get back on track at home?

The Bears visit Arrowhead Stadium this week as the Chiefs try to end a three-game losing streak. ESPN's Football Power Index pegs Kansas City as a 3-to-1 favorite over Chicago.


Can Alshon Jeffery turn it around?

The Bears' top receiver has disappointed fantasy owners this season and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. ESPN Stats & Info breaks down his struggles.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Great fall day for football in Ann Arbor. Accuweather says it will be 65 and sunny when Michigan and Northwestern kickoff at 3:30.


History against Cubs after losing Game 1

The Cubs have lost Game 1 of a postseason series 12 times in team history after falling to the Cardinals on Friday night. Chicago never rallied to win the series in any of the 11 previous series.


Vaughn runs it in for Illinois

The Illini answered back quick with a rushing TD by Ke'Shawn Vaughn. The Illini lead the Hawkeyes 7-6 on ESPN2.


Kittle runs in first TD for Iowa

Hawkeyes QB C.J. Beathard made a deep pass to George Kittle, who dashed 21 yards for a TD. Iowa is up 6-0 over Illinois on ESPN2.

Michigan will continue to roll against Northwestern (0:27)
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Anthony Rizzo reaches for one

The Cubs first baseman had to stretch on a throw in the dirt to get Mark Reynolds out in the seventh inning of the team's Game 1 loss to the Cardinals. See the best photos from the series. Full NLDS photo gallery

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Perfect fall day expected at Kinnick Stadium for Illinois at Iowa today. Sunshine with a temperature of 62 degrees at kickoff and up to 68 by the end of the game, according to Accuweather.

AP/Charlie Neibergall

Illinois at (22) Iowa on ESPN2

This is the first time the Fighting Illini have headed to play at Kinnick Stadium since 2007, and they haven't won there since 1999. The Hawkeyes are ranked for the first time since 2010 thanks to QB CJ Beathard, who is completing 64.1% of his passes this season. ESPN2/WatchESPN

Iowa takes the field (0:39)