After two losses to open up the season, both at home, one to California in week one 31-24, then the following week a bad one to Northern Illinois 23-15, the Wildcats came back strong against Western Illinois and Penn State. Northwestern defeated Western Illinois 24-7 and Penn State 29-6. The following week though, was one of their landmark wins in program history. They defeated Wisconsin 20-14 in a game in a which the Wildcats forced four interceptions. The one letdown about that win though is that the Badgers quarterback situation this season has reached an all time low. Since then they have lost two in a row to teams that are simply better than they are, on the road against Minnesota 24-17, and then back at home against Nebraska 38-17. he Wildcats final five games go as follows. They have a week off before traveling to Iowa on Nov. 1. After that they come back home for Michigan. After the Michigan game the Wildcats have two road games in a row, one against Notre Dame, and the other against Purdue. The Wildcats then come home for Illinois to finish up the season.
There are some programs that are tradition-rich, others that have some tradition, others that have almost no tradition at all, and then there are the programs like Northwestern who haven’t won the Rose Bowl since the Truman Administration. All in total the Wildcats have just two players since the 1940’s that have played well enough to enter the college football hall of fame, and one of them is their current head coach Pat Fitzgerald.