2014 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule
It's another season and another incredible year of big-time thrills
that will have you at the edge of your seat, as Northwestern football is a way of life around campus in Evanston, Illinois.
The Wildcats play in the Big 10 Conference, one of the top conferences in the sport, and are always faced with a tough schedule
both at home and on the road on an annual basis. The Wildcats are coming off a 2013 season in which they played very well
and ended up notching some impressive overall wins, though fans also know that they can take another step forward within the
division. With an impressive team loaded with some promising youngsters and some established upperclassmen, the Wildcats definitely
won't be backing down no matter who stands in their way this season.
One of the matchups in which the Wildcats know
that they'll have their hands full is when the Wisconsin Badgers hit the gridiron at Ryan Field this season, as this is a
rivalry that goes back decades and generations and is always absolutely loaded with fanfare. The team has another tough home
game coming their way on November 8th when the Michigan Wolverines come to town, as the Wolverines routinely rank as one of
the top programs in the nation. Other big games that will have fans talking all over campus will be Nebraska, Illinois and
more, providing all sorts of prominent matchups that you know you'll want to be a part of.
Don't forget about the road
games either, as seeing your favorite team away from home is also one of those things that every fan needs to do once in a
while. Come out and see the Wildcats against teams like Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa and Notre Dame will all have great atmospheres
complete with some serious splashes of Northwestern purple and white in the stands. All in all, it's simply another season
that is sure to be absolutely loaded with great games that will bring together some of the very best football players in the
country. When the Wildcats are in the middle of a nail-biter that has all the makings of a classic, it simply doesn't get
any better than this.
Northwestern Wildcats Football Team Info
Competing in the Big 10 isn't exactly easy,
but that is also the point. A win in the Big 10 is, well, a pretty big deal, and that's because to bring home a conference
win means that you have to beat a nationally known powerhouse. Outside of the conference play, however, the Wildcats also
have a great schedule filled with intriguing other matchups that will have fans heading to the stands in droves from one year
to the next. This is a team that has some explosive players on both sides of the ball, which means that they can win in a
variety of different ways this season as they take aim at the top teams in the Big 10 East this season.
Football is one of the best sports to see live and college football across the country has turned
into a way of life, rather than just another sporting event. Game day is full of rituals, from dressing up in team colors
and painting your face, to writing signs of the television cameras, to putting an incredible spread of food together to enjoy
with friends and family outside the stadium before the game. In college football, a Saturday is full of sacred traditions
that have been passed down through generations of students, ripe with superstitions and honor. Seeing a game at Ryan Field
is a special event, where fans, students and alumni come together to cheer on the Wildcats as they hit the field looking to
do battle with some of the top programs in all of college football. With a great crowd at your side, some electrifying playmakers
down below on the field and an amazing atmosphere loaded with passion and energy, this is a sport that springs to a completely
Northwestern Wildcats Football History
This great academic institution has been a part
of the Big 10 Conference since it began in 1896, and has won eight Big 10 titles over the years. The Wildcats have enjoyed
much recent success, appearing in a bowl game every year since 2008. There are many notable Wildcat alumni who have gone on
to great success in the National Football League, including Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Tasker, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
Otto Graham, and their current head coach, Pat Fitzgerald. Over the years, the Wildcats have gotten a reputation for playing
in close games during the 1996 season, earning themselves the nickname "Cardiac Cats". As the Wildcats continue to make waves
in the elite Big 10, it's always a good time to snag your favorite purple and white gear to help show your Northwestern love
come game day.
Northwestern Wildcats Football Trivia
Do you know what round Steve Tasker was drafted in?
Northwestern fans got to see that Tasker was a special football player, the NFL was slow to come around, and Tasker slipped
all the way into the ninth round, which doesn't even exist anymore in the draft. But Tasker would prove the skepticism completely
wrong, establishing himself as a premier special teams player for the Buffalo Bills and going to seven different Pro Bowls.
Northwestern Wildcats Football Fans
The fans of the Northwestern Wildcats love to see their team take on their
conference foes, and for good reason. For decades, the Big 10 has been one of the top college football conferences in the
country and only became more feared when they added some new teams in 2011. Beginning in 2014, the University of Maryland
and Rutgers University were also added to the Big 10, expanding the already great conference even further and elevating the
overall competition even further. With all of that competition also comes big-time matchups that always have fans buzzing
leading up to the opening kick-off, as this is a fan base that isn't shy about showing that they bleed purple and white when
it's football season. Come out to Ryan Field this season for a big home game and it won't take long for you to get sucked
right up into the experience.