The Bears took their shot and swung mightily at the idea a championship window was opening with a quarterback on his rookie contract, but the window has slammed shut, and the rebuilding project will be immense.
Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and the Spartans handed Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory Saturday in East Lansing.
Using criticism as bulletin-board material has been part of coaches' motivational repertoire for ages, and it's likely to outlast newspapers.
The Wildcats improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2015 and are 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1996.
Shannon Ryan has covered Northwestern, Illinois and college football and basketball for the Chicago Tribune since 2007. She gives her thoughts on how the No. 10 Badgers match up with No. 19 Northwestern this weekend.
In a showdown for control of the Big Ten West Division, No. 10 Wisconsin (2-0) and No. 19 Northwestern (4-0) will feature the top two defenses in the conference and among the two best nationally.
Northwestern averaged only 16.3 points per game last season. Now, with a new offensive coordinator (Mike Bajakian) and a new quarterback (Peyton Ramsey), that average is up to 28.0 for a team off to a 4-0 start.
1. Paddy Fisher (above), MLB, Northwestern: Fisher has been around so long he might have played with coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Let’s preface this with a fact — Pat Fitzgerald has done a tremendous job at Northwestern. Since taking over in 2006, Fitzgerald’s Wildcats are 99-79 with a 4-4 record in bowl games. He’s the only coach in Northwestern history with multiple 10-win seasons. His teams have consistently been tough to beat in Big Ten play.
While the NCAA’s Division I Council has opened the door for football and basketball players to begin working out on campus on June 1, Big Ten Conference schools are mixed on when they’ll allow them to happen.
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After a Saturday of blowouts and brutal injuries (sorry, Purdue), here are five things we learned.
The redshirt freshman ran for 141 yards against UNLV and 91 yards against Michigan State.
Pat Fitzgerald (above) is 97-72 in his 14th season at Northwestern. He’s 4-5 against the Badgers, with three wins in the past five meetings.
Here are four takeaways as Northwestern prepares for a brutal assignment at Wisconsin after getting whipped 31-10 by Michigan State on Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin's football game against Northwestern on Sept. 28 at Camp Randall Stadium will start at 11 a.m., it was announced on Monday.
Game attendance is lagging across the country, so athletic departments need to respond — and more attractive matchups is one of the answers.
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Junior Jack Coan is the favorite to win the Badgers' starting quarterback job this season. Can anyone challenge him next month?
Urban Meyer out. Ryan Day in. You probably already knew that 2019 Big Ten storyline. But there are many more. Read on: 1. For Jim Harbaugh, it's now or never. Michigan entered the 'Shoe in November on a 10-game winning streak with the nation's top-rated defense. Ohio State had just given up 51 points and 535 yards to Maryland. The narrative: If Harbaugh can't win this time, he never will. ...
It’s looking less and less like Green Bay will be luring Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald or Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley from the college ranks.