Northwestern moves up in polls, Illini receive votes

Northwestern moves up in polls, Illini receive votes
September 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Northwestern is movin' on up.

After the Wildcats scorched the visiting Syracuse Orange, 48-27, in Saturday's home-opener, they were rewarded with a boost in the polls. The Cats moved from No. 19 to No. 17 in the AP poll, while they jumped from No. 20 to No. 16 in the USA Today coaches poll.

Northwestern's offense put on a show Saturday at Ryan Field, racking up 581 yards of total offense. Quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian combined to complete 30 of 37 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. And receiver Tony Jones caught nine passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.

[MORE: Quarterbacks lead the way as Northwestern pounds Syracuse]

The Cats are 2-0 after wins over teams from the Pac-12 (California) and the ACC (Syracuse). They have back-to-back games at home vs. Western Michigan and Maine before opening conference play with a huge game against Ohio State on Oct. 5 in Evanston.

Meanwhile, Illinois also received a little love from the pollsters after their big 45-17 over Cincinnati. The Illini showed up in both "others receiving votes" sections. They'll take on Washington on Saturday at Soldier Field.