Stanford and Northwestern initiate football series; not academic quiz bowl



Think of it like an Academic Quiz Bowl, except on the gridiron. Northwestern continues college football series with all the schools across the nation with similar elite graduation rates and exceedingly stringent entrance requirements. They’ve had recent home-and-homes with Vanderbilt, Duke and Rice.

They have a similar series slated with Notre Dame, and now Stanford.

Northwestern and Stanford have finalized plans for a home-and-home football series to be played in 2015 and 2016, Northwestern director of athletics and recreation Jim Phillips announced Wednesday. The series comes in addition to the four-game set the two schools announced last April, scheduled from 2019 to 2022.

They will kick off the series in Evanston on Sept. 5, 2015, in that year’s season-opener for both teams. The Wildcats will make a return visit to Stanford on Sept. 24, 2016. The ensuing four-game series also will begin with a home game for Northwestern on Sept. 14, 2019 and alternate home fields for the next three years. The two teams last met in 1994.

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