Stanford WR makes fantastic catch to take the lead (0:13)

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford leads Notre Dame 14-7 after the first quarter. Thanks to a 93-yard C.J. Sanders kick return, the Irish didnt run their first offensive play until the Cardinal had run 23. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan has efficiently picked Notre Dame apart, completing 7-of-9 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey has 72 all-purpose yards, putting him 372 shy of Barry Sanders single-season NCAA record.

Irish return kickoff 93 yards for early TD (0:30)

Notre Dame, Stanford trade early scores

Stanford put the first points on the board with an 11-play drive capped off by a Kevin Hogan touchdown pass, while Notre Dame didn't waste any time answering. C.J. Sanders brought the ensuing kickoff to the house for the Fighting Irish's first kick return TD since 2011. Follow live

Northwestern fends off Illinois (1:12)
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(6) Notre Dame takes on (9) Stanford

With 193 all-purpose yards, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey can become only the third player in FBS history to eclipse 3,000 all-purpose yards, joining Barry Sanders in 1988 and Antonio Andrews in 2012. Follow live

Wildcats limit Illinois to 2 TDs in 24-14 win

It's the first time No. 16 Northwestern has held opponents under 15 points in three straight conference games since 1995 season. Box score

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson chats with a fan before Notre Dame's game against Stanford. His son Corey Robinson plays receiver for the Irish.

Northwestern reaches 10-win plateau again (1:08)
Northwestern celebrates winning the Land of Lincoln Trophy (2:19)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

No team junks it up like Northwestern but the Cats are 10-2. Impressive turnaround by Pat Fitzgerald after consecutive 5-7 seasons. As a Big Ten assistant told me, "They're making chicken salad out of ..." you know the rest. But the defense is tremendous and they know how to win. Today's win secures a top bowl game.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame RB CJ Prosise out for game against Stanford -- here in sweats with crutches.

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Alex Rodriguez sports a Stanford sweater on the sidelines ahead of the Cardinal's game against Notre Dame

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Fitzgerald and No. 16 Northwestern right on pace to finish up a 10-win season. The Wildcats once again doing a fantastic job on defense, and Illinois isn't doing itself any favors by dropping a bunch of passes when it does find some open spaces.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Calm before the storm at Stanford Stadium, where the No. 9 Cardinal will host No. 6 Notre Dame in a game with huge College Football Playoff implications.

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Texas could be tiebreaker for CFP spot

No. 3 Oklahoma shares a common opponent with No. 6 Notre Dame. The Sooners' loss to Texas could be costly.


Jackson doubles Northwestern's lead

The 16th-ranked Wildcats are up 21-7 on Illinois on ESPNU, after this 3-yard TD run by Justin Jackson.


Vitale's catch is awesome, baby!

Northwestern's Dan Vitale was a real PTP'er on this TD catch, batting the ball to himself and pulling it in for a 19-yard TD against Illinois.

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Watch: (16) Northwestern vs. Illinois

Since 1900, Northwestern has won nine or more games six times, five of which Pat Fitzgerald has been a part. Fitzgerald has coached the Wildcats to three such seasons (2008, 2012, 2015) and was a player on the 1995 and 1996 teams that won or shared the Big Ten title. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather reports that kickoff temperature for Notre Dame-Stanford will be 54 degrees. It'll drop to a chilly 44 degrees by game's end. Expect a lot of sun throughout the day for tailgating in the Bay Area.

Illinois gives Bill Cubit 2-year agreement

Cubit was named interim head coach Aug. 28 after coach Tim Beckman was let go. Cubit has led the Fighting Illini to a 5-6 record with a win needed over Northwestern today to become bowl eligible. The extension will keep the length of his contract at two years and pay Cubit $1.2M per year.