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2016 Schedule
2nd in Big Ten - West
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3dJesse Temple

Know your nonconference opponent: Duke

Duke's program has turned a corner under coach David Cutcliffe, and will be trying to create early momentum when it travels to Northwestern.

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The Big Ten's 14 biggest X factors for 2016

Every team has one -- a wild-card guy who could be great or inconsequential, or anything in between. Here are the 14 biggest X factors in the Big Ten for 2016.

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9dJosh Moyer

Top newcomer: Northwestern Wildcats

Four of the Wildcats' top-six pass-catchers graduated, but freshman possession receiver Ben Skowronek adds depth and ability to the roster.

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The Big Ten's 14 most important players in 2016

There's a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback in Columbus, and Ohio State fans know the success of their offense rests with J.T. Barrett. Who are the Big Ten's other indispensable players?

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16dJesse Temple

Top 5 all-time coaches: Northwestern Wildcats

The success of any college football program begins with finding the right coach. Here's a look at the top five coaches to have ever led the Wildcats.

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21dJosh Moyer

Better or worse: Northwestern's passing game

There's nowhere to go but up, but still, the Wildcats' passing game should improve with an improved quarterback and upgraded offensive line.

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22dJesse Temple

Most exciting player: Northwestern Wildcats

All-Big Ten linebacker Anthony Walker spent a lot of time in opponents' backfields in 2015, much to the delight of Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald.

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22dBrian Bennett

Big Ten Ultimate Road Trip: Week 4

Wisconsin renews its rivalry with Michigan State, which appears to be the Week 4 headline game in the Big Ten.

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Big Ten coaches dish anonymously on league

How do Big Ten coaches think 2016 will play out? With anonymity assured, they dish on why Michigan is the team to beat, how J.T. Barrett could struggle again and more about the league.


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Estimates of 600+ prospects in attendance here at the Mary-Hardin Baylor "Mega camp" at Rhodes Stadium in Katy, Texas just west of Houston. Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Northwestern and Tulane are among the schools represented.

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37dJesse Temple

Most indispensable player: Northwestern Wildcats

Without Justin Jackson, what would Northwestern's running game have looked like last season? Four times in 2015 he carried the ball at least 33 times.

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37dTravis Haney

How Dantonio outranks Meyer, Harbaugh

The collection of coaching acumen in the Big Ten East is astounding. Mark Dantonio has a leg up on his competition in at least one area.

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44dAdam Rittenberg

Big Ten officials downplay SEC rivalry

The Big Ten-SEC rivalry is real, but many Big Ten officials don't view the two leagues as diametrically opposed, even if it's how they're portrayed.

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44dAustin Ward

Toughest stretch: Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern's viability as a Big Ten contender should be settled following a tough stretch of games in October,

Team Stats

Passing Yards139.3120th
Rushing Yards193.338th
Points For22.5108th
Points Against16.47th