NU Releases Future Schedules

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern, in unison with the Big Ten Conference, announced its 2013 and 2014 football schedules on Wednesday.

This is the second set of football schedules that the Big Ten has released since it was announced last summer that Nebraska was becoming the league's 12th member starting with the 2011 football season. Nebraska is a member of the six-team Legends Division, which includes Northwestern, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota.

"We are excited about the future of our football program, and our upcoming schedules in 2013 and 2014 will provide a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes and coaches to compete against the nation's very best," said Jim Phillips, Northwestern's director of athletics and recreation. "In addition to providing our student-athletes with the best competition, I fully believe that fans of Chicago's Big Ten team will be excited with the quality of opponents scheduled to visit Ryan Field in those two seasons."

Northwestern's 2013 schedule includes Big Ten home games against Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. It will mark the first time since 1998 that both the Buckeyes and Wolverines travel to Evanston in the same season. The Wildcats' four Big Ten road games include visits to Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. In both 2013 and 2014, the Northwestern-Illinois game moves to Thanksgiving weekend when a majority of the Big Ten's top rivalry games are being played.

In 2013 nonconference action, the Wildcats play California, Syracuse and Vanderbilt in addition to Maine. Northwestern will play Syracuse and Maine at home that year, while traveling to California and Vanderbilt. In 2014, Cal and Vandy visit Ryan Field, along with instate foe Western Illinois. A fourth nonconference opponent for 2014 will be announced at a later date.

The Wildcats' 2014 Big Ten schedule includes the same eight conference foes as in 2013, with just the four away opponents (Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois) making visits to Evanston. Northwestern will not play Indiana, Penn State and Purdue in the 2013-14 seasons. For both 2013 and 2014, all Big Ten schools will have two built-in open dates since there are 14 Saturdays that fall from Labor Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Northwestern will play four nonconference games to open the 2013 campaign before enjoying an open date on Sept. 28. The Wildcats then play five Big Ten games before having a second open date on Nov. 9. In 2014, the Wildcats presently have three open dates -- Sept. 6, Sept. 27 and Nov. 15 -- although one of those dates will be filled with a nonconference game.

Starting in 2011, each Big Ten institution will play the other five schools within its division and also will face three teams from the other division, including one cross-division matchup guaranteed on an annual basis. The guaranteed cross-division games are Iowa-Purdue, Michigan-Ohio State, Michigan State-Indiana, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Nebraska-Penn State and Northwestern-Illinois. The champions of the Legends Division and the Leaders Division will meet in the Big Ten Football Championship Game on the first Saturday of December, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl or BCS National Championship Game. The inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played in prime time on Dec. 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. FOX Sports will serve as the official broadcast partner of the 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games.

Season tickets for Northwestern's upcoming 2011 season are on currently on sale and start at $116 (end zone seats). Season tickets for either sideline cost $200 apiece. Season ticket holders are guaranteed tickets to all home games including the Nebraska game in 2012, the Ohio State and Michigan games in 2013 and the California game in 2014. In addition, season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to these games before they go on sale to the general public.


Northwestern is savoring its most successful stretch of football in school history. Since 1995, the Wildcats have posted 10 seasons with six or more victories. Since 2000, the Wildcats have won six or more games eight times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and touted seven bowl-eligible teams.

In the last 16 years, only Ohio State and Michigan have won more Big Ten titles than the Wildcats' three conference crowns. NU has won a combined 24 games the past three seasons, which ranks as the 29th-best figure nationally among FBS programs. The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back New Year's Day bowl game appearances.

Off the field, Northwestern's football program is shining, too. The Wildcats had 55 players earn a 3.0 grade point average for the 2011 winter quarter, and for the third time in as many years, the team earned a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0. NU had eight student-athletes earn 4.0 GPAs for the winter quarter. Northwestern had a school-record 32 football student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2010, with three of those individuals being named ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District selections. Northwestern's football student-athletes also volunteer over 1,100 hours of combined community outreach each year.


Aug. 31 at California

Sept. 7 vs. Syracuse

Sept. 14 at Vanderbilt

Sept. 21 vs. Maine

Sept. 28 Open Date

Oct. 5 vs. Ohio State

Oct. 12 at Wisconsin

Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota

Oct. 26 at Iowa

Nov. 2 at Nebraska

Nov. 9 Open Date

Nov. 16 vs. Michigan

Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State

Nov. 30 at Illinois


Aug. 30 vs. California

Sept. 6 Open Date

Sept. 13 vs. Vanderbilt

Sept. 20 vs. Western Illinois

Sept. 27 Open Date

Oct. 4 vs. Nebraska

Oct. 11 at Minnesota

Oct. 18 vs. Wisconsin

Oct. 25 at Ohio State

Nov. 1 at Michigan State

Nov. 8 vs. Iowa

Nov. 15 Open Date

Nov. 22 at Michigan

Nov. 29 vs. Illinois

NOTE: Northwestern still has one nonconference game to schedule for 2014.

Dates are tentative and subject to change

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