MURPH'S 'MOTE: Another big day for Big Ten
Northwest Herald sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:
College football: Miami (Ohio) at Illinois, 11 a.m. Saturday, BTN
McHenry graduate Jake Howe has started all three game on the defensive line this season for the Illini.
The Illini have held opponents to 0-for-3 on fourth down, making Illinois one of 16 teams in FBS yet to allow a fourth-down conversion and one of only eight to stay perfect in three or more attempts.
Tim Clary, a Richmond-Burton graduate and sophomore fullback for the Illini, could see time as the Illini take on a Mid-American Conference school.
Drew Nystrom, a Prairie Ridge graduate, is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach on offense for the Illini.
Nystrom and the Illini coaches will wear patches on their sleeves for the game to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research, and a family who has been affected by the disease will participate in the coin toss.
College football: Northern Illinois at Purdue, 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2
Prairie Ridge graduate and Northern Illinois freshman linebacker Sean Folliard is listed on the Huskies’ roster.
College football: Iowa at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC
Iowa senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, a Johnsburg graduate, had only one catch for 11 yards last weekend against Western Michigan.
Fiedorowicz, according to a CBSsports.com story, is listed as the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Marian Central graduate Chris Streveler looks to still be the backup quarterback for the Golden Gophers because of an injury to starting quarterback Philip Nelson.
Streveler, a true freshman, is now the No. 2 QB on the depth chart.
“On the sideline, [Nelson] and Streveler both had a smile on their face,” Leidner, the new starting quarterback, said in a recent Pioneer Press story. “We were having a good time. Philip would tell me what he saw out there. We have really good chemistry together.”
College football: Wyoming at Texas State, 6 p.m. Saturday, Longhorn Network
Marian Central graduate Kurtis Stirneman will be on the sideline for Wyoming.
College football: Wisconsin
at Ohio State, 7 p.m., Saturday, ABC
Jon Budmayr is just focusing on the next game.
Budmayr, a Marian Central graduate, is a student coach for Wisconsin this season. He’s finishing his degree in sociology in December and looking to obtain a graduate assistant spot, either with Wisconsin or another team.
“It’s been a great experience,” Budmayr said. “I always wanted to get into coaching.”
Budmayr helps getting the scout teams ready, so this week has been spent preparing for Ohio State.
Budmayr said he’s learned a lot in a short amount of time, and that each week the goal he wants is for his players to be consistent and he tries to be a “sponge” and learn as much as can from the coaches.
Pro football: Bears at Detroit, noon Sunday, Fox
Can the Bears start off the season 4-0 with a win against their NFC North rivals? They’ll have to slow down Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
The Lions (2-1) are one of only five teams in the NFC with a winning record.
The Bears have lost Henry Melton with a torn ACL, but Detroit’s Reggie Bush sat out the win against Washington with a sprained knee.
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College football: Mississippi at Alabama, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN
Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 and coming off a dominant road victory over Texas on Sept. 14.
That means the Rebels have had two weeks to prepare for the No. 1 Crimson Tide (3-0).
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Pro hockey: Preseason, Washington at Blackhawks,
7 p.m. Saturday, CSN+
The Hawks look to put on the finishing touches of the game before the regular season begins Tuesday.
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