2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
8-5, 1st in Big Ten - West

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Eastern Illinois is hiring Northwestern offensive line coach Adam Cushing as its new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Football Scoop first reported the hire. A formal announcement is expected Monday. Cushing spent the past 14 seasons on Northwestern's staff.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald just now on Urban Meyer's retirement: "He's a great guy and an amazing football coach. Obviously, any time someone of his success leaves our game, it's disappointing, so we wish him nothing but the best health-wise, and the best in his future endeavors." Fitzgerald was surprised by the news and said he and Meyer didn't discuss Meyer's health or future before Saturday's Big Ten championship game.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Big Ten West champ N'western (8-5) faces PAC-12 South champ Utah (9-4) for the 3rd time ever in the 12/31 Holiday Bowl. The Utes won 42-0 on 9/26/81 (when NU went 0-11 during a record 34-game losing streak) & the Wildcats won 13-6 on 10/8/27.

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9dAdam Rittenberg

Picking winners for every bowl game matchup

From Dec. 15 through Jan. 7, the Celebration Bowl through the CFP National Championship, Adam Rittenberg picks his winners for bowl season.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern defensive end Joe Gaziano on his impressions of Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. and what coach Pat Fitzgerald told the team after its 45-24 loss to the Buckeyes.

Haskins, OSU pull away to top Northwestern for Big Ten title (2:17)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

After a 45-24 loss to Ohio St. in its 1st Big Ten title game Sat., N'western (8-5) will try for its 3rd Bowl victory in 3 seasons & 4th in its last 5 Bowls (won 1/1/13 Gator vs. Miss. St., 12/28/16 Pinstripe vs. Pitt. & 12/29/17 Music City vs. Ky. and lost 1/1/16 Outback vs. Tenn.). A win would give NU its 4th 9 or 10-win season in the last 7 years.


Ohio State pulls away from Wildcats to win Big Ten crown

Dwayne Haskins added five more touchdown passes to his single-season record Saturday and No. 6 Ohio State relied on its staunch defense to hold off a second-half charge from No. 21 Northwestern for a 45-24 victory to claim its second straight Big Ten...

Northwestern blocks Ohio State's field goal attempt (0:19)
Northwestern clawing back with short TD pass (0:17)
Thorson scrambles for 18-yard TD (0:24)
Ohio State, Northwestern trade INTs in 2nd quarter (0:46)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State's defensive line has overwhelmed Northwestern's offensive front pretty much all game. Other than the John Moten touchdown, the Wildcats aren't establishing the run and making it tougher for them to stay on the field and shorten the game. Chase Young, Dre'mont Jones and the Buckeyes are owning the line of scrimmage.

Northwestern RB Moten races 77 yards to the house (0:32)

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State has allowed six rushing touchdowns of at least 75 yards this season. That's the most by any team in a single season over the last 15 seasons. With this offense, it might not matter.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall greets players as they head out to the field for warmups.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's strength and conditioning staff boisterously welcomes players and coaches to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Big Ten championship game.

Meet the tight-shirted internet sensation on Northwestern's sideline (0:49)
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11dDan Murphy

Fitzgerald: More Big 10 title games await Wildcats

While Northwestern is playing in the Big Ten championship game for the first time on Saturday, coach Pat Fitzgerald said Friday that the Wildcats will become a regular participant in the game.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Fitzgerald and Urban Meyer greet each other at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Fitzgerald says recruiting the state of Ohio is critical for Northwestern, which has 18 Ohioans on its roster. But he adds, "In recruiting battles with coach [Urban] Meyer, I am absolutely O-fer. We haven't beaten the Buckeyes on a recruit yet."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on team's first trip to the Big Ten championship game: "I have 100 percent confidence that this is going to become a consistent theme of our program. I look at us as a program that's been built on bedrock, not built on sand. We've been doing things the right way for a long time. … We haven't compromised anything."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says if he had a Heisman vote, he would cast it for Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Cites Haskins' touchdown-to-interception ratio and the way Haskins conducts himself off the field as some of the reasons why.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.3
Rushing Yards117.5
Points For23.7181st
Points Against23.5