Northwestern Wildcats

 The Northwestern Wildcats football team, representing Northwestern University, is a NCAA Division I team and member of the Big Ten Conference, with evidence of organization in 1876. The mascot is the Wildcat, a term coined by a Chicago Tribune reporter in 1924, after reporting on a football game where the players appeared as "a wall of purple wildcats. " Northwestern achieved an all-time high rank of #1 during the 1936 and 1962 seasons, then plummeted to extended levels of futility from the mid-1970s to 1994.

Recent years have been far kinder to the Wildcats, who have won three Big Ten championships or co-championships since 1995, and have been "bowl eligible" seven out of the last eight seasons. Northwestern consistently ranks among the national leaders in graduation rate among football teams, having received the AFCA Academic Achievement Award four times since 2002. Despite the stricter academic standards, Northwestern has produced many notable athletes, such as former first-round draft picks Luis Castillo and Napoleon Harris.

The Wildcats have played their home games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, since 1922.


Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats 04/18/2014 TBA
Hawks Field At Haymarket Park, Lincoln
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Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Northwestern Wildcats 04/20/2014 TBA
Hawks Field At Haymarket Park, Lincoln
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears 08/30/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Northern Illinois Huskies 09/06/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks 09/20/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats 09/27/2014 TBA
Beaver Stadium, University Park
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers 10/04/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats 10/11/2014 TBA
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers 10/18/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats 11/01/2014 TBA
Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan Wolverines 11/08/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Northwestern Wildcats 11/15/2014 3:30PM
Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Northwestern Wildcats 11/22/2014 TBA
Ross-ade Stadium, West Lafayette
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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini 11/29/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
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