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saturday's stars

MASCOT, Minnesota. Goldy Gopher taunted the few thousand Wisconsin fans before the start of the fourth quarter by putting on a purple Brett Favre jersey.

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It's Game Day (Penn State)

Maybe this is the day Ron Zook's Illini snap out of it. Maybe not. Either way, we have more than enough stories, videos and podcasts to keep you busy until the Illini's 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Penn State. Remember Stan Ikenberry? Turns out he's partly to blame for allowing the Nittany Lions to join the Big Ten and begin roughing up the Illini on an annual basis.

Our Live from the Stadium report starts around noon and continues until the final horn. Remember, Bob Asmussen's postgame chat starts around 7 p.m.

Roundup: Danville, Monticello, M-S strut stuff

Danville 21

Decatur MacArthur 0

10 questions for ... Dick Butkus

These days, the former Illini legend is tackling steroids instead of tailbacks with his I Play Clean campaign. Teaming with Charity Wines, the Hall of Famer in November will release his own wine: Legends 51 Cabernet
Sauvignon, with all proceeds going to The Dick Butkus Foundation.
Butkus was kind enough to get back to sports editor JIM ROSSOW
via e-mail to discuss his new venture, steroid abuse among
teenagers and Ron Zook’s Illini:

Jim Rossow's Big Ten football report

Sports editor Jim Rossow weekly look around Big Ten football:

Memorable N-G covers: Best of Dee Brown

Once a month, we'll take a look back at memorable Illini moments through the covers of News-Gazette sports sections.

Today: No one graced as many News-Gazette covers as Dee Brown, the face of Illinois basketball while he was helping win Big Ten titles and make NCAA tournament marches.

The gory details: Ohio State 30, Illinois 0

Sorry to start your day with this, but here's our coverage lineup from Saturday's disaster at Ohio State. Extra credit if you get through all of it.

Rossow's Big Ten report

Looking good: Wisconsin. We're starting to believe in the high-scoring Badgers, even if they've played all their games at Camp Randall. If they can split their upcoming two-game swing to Minnesota and Ohio State, they'll be in position for a January game. Not a bad way to end the season: a trip to Hawaii on Dec. 5 before a game in Florida a month later.

It's Game Day

We have more than enough stories, videos and podcasts to keep you busy until the Illini's 2:30 p.m. kickoff against Ohio State. We'll even tell you why Ron Zook appeared grumpy on his trip to Ohio Stadium late Friday afternoon.

It should keep you busy until our Live from Columbus report starts around noon.