#17 Northwestern football vs Illinois Fighting Illini Game Preview



Yes, the Land of Lincoln Hat, or the Land of Lincoln Trophy is on the line when #17 Northwestern football plays Illinois at Soldier Field for what is an Illini “home game.” A season ending, rivalry trophy game with Illini bowl hopes potentially hanging in the balance. Hence the hockey style hashtag above. Expect hockey style in-game Tweets for this too.

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Pat Fitzgerald will “never leave” NU says Gameday Crew


Pat Fitzgerald guided his 2012 Northwestern football team to 10 wins, tying the school record set by the much discussed 1995 squad led by Gary Barnett. Fitzgerald has won 9 this season with one game, and then a bowl game remaining. He won nine in ’08, tying the nine Barnett won in ’96 for second place on the list. Pat Fitzgerald has quietly led his team to an exceptional, and completely unexpected 9-2 season with a struggling redshirt freshman at the quarterback position.

With so many premier, brand name jobs open this college football coaching carousel, is this the year Pat Fitzgerald finally moves to one of those?

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#18 Northwestern Football vs #25 Wisconsin: Preview, Prediction


The Northwestern football record for single season wins is ten. The mark is shared by Gary Barnett (1995) and Pat Fitzgerald (2008). NU is at 8 right now with two games left, plus a bowl game. So there’s a very decent chance the Wildcats could tie the school record for wins, and an outside chance they could break it.

Oddsmakers aren’t giving them of a chance this week though.

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#21 Northwestern football game preview vs Purdue Boilermakers


Fresh off defeating a very good Penn State Nittany Lions team 23-21 in a game that had more plot twists than a James Bond film this Northwestern football team has a lot to play for even though a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game is now off the table.

Iowa would have to lose two of their last three in order for NU to have a chance at that, so let’s just remember Big Ten West title hopes are on life support. What’s very much alive is the hopes that they can break the Northwestern football school single season wins record.

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Northwestern basketball NIT chances badly damaged by Vic Law injury

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As other Big Ten teams will be younger this season, Northwestern basketball will be older and better. How much better? Probably enough to make the NIT, as the Wildcats schedule should easily get them to 18 or maybe 19 wins. Seriously, their non-conference schedule is softer than Kevin James’ belly. It’s the weakest its been in many years.

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Northwestern football declared “most overrated” by Joey Galloway


While Northwestern football is unranked in both polls, they are actually ranked in the one poll that actually does matter- the college football playoff rankings. The first CFBPlayoff rankings of the season were released last night and Northwestern checks in at #21. Only four Big Ten teams made the cut and NU was one of them.

This prompted a malcontent reaction from Joey Galloway, who declared this Northwestern football team, the most overrated one within the rankings.

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Alex Olah on the Olaf from “Frozen” mispronunciation


Opposing players, and yes, sometimes even opposing coaches come into Evanston and often mispronounce the name of Northwestern center Alex Olah as “Alex Olaf.” It happens all the time. Olah is an imposing big who seems to play his best college basketball against the top competition.

He is not an animated snowman who likes warm hugs. He is also not St. Olaf, a deified 11th century Norwegian King. The prevalence of the mispronunciation has, as one would expect, coincided with the surging popularity of Disney’s “Frozen.”

The 3-D animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” fairy tale is the highest grossing animated film of all time. It’s also the eighth highest grossing film of all time and it was the highest grossing movie of 2013.


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Pat Fitzgerald calls out bloggers…again


Following a very exciting, very emotional, very big win at Nebraska yesterday, Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked about Northwestern getting its mojo back after this win.

Here’s what Pat Fitzgerald said:

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Northwestern Football clinches bowl berth; escapes Nebraska


The NU Bowl was a wild one.

Lots of lead changes, dropped catches (including a couple likely touchdowns) and otherwise big plays that never came to fruition. Both NUs let a TD grab or two slip through their fingers. In the end, it was the visiting Northwestern football team that made less miscues and executed more big plays to get the job done and win 30-28.

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Northwestern basketball views Cubs as rebuild role models


As much as you hear “1908” ad nauseam (we’re 27 outs away from at least one more year of that, at minimum), college basketball has its own 1908. That would be the “Northwestern basketball has never made the NCAA Tournament” fact/factoid/storyline/reference/allusion/mention/personal gag reflex at this point.

The Chicago Cubs and Northwestern basketball athletics are closely linked. NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips is neighbors with Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts, and both sports franchises are partnered with WGN radio.

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Northwestern football must prevent a 2013 or 2010 repeat


Northwestern football remembered its history by paying homage to it on Homecoming today. Today was a day that honored the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Rose Bowl team. It’s the kind of history that the program would like to repeat. However, this year’s team is looking a lot more like the 2010 and 2013 editions.

Many power five college football teams start off really fast and then come crashing back to Earth in mid-to-late October. It’s quite common and most of the time it’s simply a matter of scheduling. Power 5s often feast off mid-majors and low-majors in the non-conference, then have an in-conference weakling or two on the schedule once league play begins.

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Updated Northwestern football bowl projections

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Ryan Field on Saturday has the potential to be special for Northwestern football. This contest certainly has the feel of being a de facto Big Ten West Division Title game. Sure, it’s way too early to say that, but take a look at Wisconsin and Nebraska right now.

The Huskers and the Badgers were everyone’s preseason pick to win the division. They’re currently nobody’s pick to win the division now. Iowa football is definitely for real though. Or as Snoop Dogg would say they’re rizeal.

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