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Northwestern on track to pass Illinois in football attendance

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A fact about Northwestern’s 2013 football season that won’t surprise you: The Wildcats had the lowest average attendance in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s claim to the bottom spot was predictable, as...

Don't Question Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's Challenges

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It seemed a meaningless endeavor at the time, and even after he explained the decision post-game, I’m not sure I understand what Pat Fitzgerald was thinking when he challenged Illinois receiver...

Know your opponent: Week 13 edition, Illinois

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Breaking down any given team’s strengths and weaknesses doesn’t paint a complete picture. To truly gauge a team’s win-loss potential in the preseason, analyzing the schedule is arguably just as...

Study: Northwestern has the worst fan base in the Big Ten

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The one missing component to Northwestern’s incremental rise in the Big Ten under Pat Fitzgerald has been a corresponding bump in local fan support. Wildcats fans don’t pack Ryan Field; facts are...

Freshman Cornerback Matt Harris Draws A Key Distinction Between Northwestern and Illinois

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A brief and harmless discussion of the schools that extended scholarship offers before he verbally committed to Northwestern was all Matt Harris needed to plant his stake on the purple side of Land...

Northwestern Makes "Statement" In 50-14 Thrashing of Illinois

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by Chris Johnson (@Chrisdjohnsonn) With 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, Bo Cisek entered the game as an eligible backfield runner. He took a hand-off up the middle and was stopped dead in his...

Last-Minute Gameday Study Guide: Rivalry Week -- Illinois

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by Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnsonn)  The best way to approach rivalry games is with a blank slate, with no regard for the events that preceded them. When the hate runs deep, emotions enter the...

Who Has The Edge: Rivalry Week, Illinois

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by Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnsonn) In the final game of the regular season, Northwestern hopes to go into its pre-Bowl rest period on a positive note by notching its first win in the Land of...

Opponent Q&A, Illinois: CBS Eye on College Football Blogger and Illinois SB Nation Blog Producer Tom Fornelli

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by Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnsonn)  Beating Michigan State on the road no doubt eliminated some of the sour taste that lingered in the wake of Northwestern's devastating loss at Michigan. The...

Know Your Opponent: Illinois (Week 13, Sat., Nov. 24)

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by Chris Johnson (@chrisdjohnsonn) Leading up to the upcoming football season, Inside Northwestern will give you a brief profile of each of Northwestern’s opponents. During the season, you can...

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