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2015 Schedule
9-2, 2nd in Big Ten - West
Bitter loss for Stave, Wisconsin in Week 12 (2:00)
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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are No. 16 Northwestern and No. 9 Stanford so far apart in CFP rankings? Northwestern beat Stanford 16-6 in the season opener. Both teams are 9-2. Record of Northwestern's opponents: 52-47. Record of Stanford's opponents: 47-55. Northwestern has losses to No. 4 Iowa and No. 10 Michigan. Stanford has losses to No. 16 Northwestern and No. 17 Oregon.

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CFP Rankings: Nos. 16 - 20

In the latest playoff rankings, Northwestern, Oregon, and Ole Miss all move up, while TCU bumps down one spot to No. 19. Washington State rounds out the top 20.

CFP rankings: 16-20

  • 16. Northwestern
  • 17. Oregon
  • 18. Ole Miss
  • 19. TCU
  • 20. Washington State

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's Clayton Thorson has a season QBR of 47.3, which ranks 96th among qualified quarterbacks. The redshirt freshman is also 9-2 as a starter. Wildcats finding different ways to win this year.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern was quite OK with Illinois moving its next three home games vs. the Wildcats, including Saturday's, to Soldier Field in Chicago. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald notes that his team won't have to leave town on Thanksgiving weekend for the next six years and that they won't have to change their Friday routine before the game.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opened the Big Ten teleconference today by offering condolences to the family of ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, whose grandson Chad passed away Monday after battling brain cancer.

Wildcats hold on to spot in rankings

Northwestern has managed to go 9-2 this season despite owning just one truly dominant win. An error-filled win over Wisconsin kept them at No. 19 in this week's ESPN poll. Power Rankings

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Pat Fitzgerald on Northwestern's Week 12 win

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald discusses the last drive in his team's defeat of Wisconsin, the Wildcats' performance on defense and Jack Mitchell's missed field goals.

Fans chuck snowballs at refs (0:12)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Got clarification on the two main replay reversal TDs in Northwestern-Wisconsin. 1) On punt return, Alex Erickson gave an invalid fair catch signal, which means any sort of arm-waving not above your head (legal fair catch signal). An invalid fair catch signal offers ball carrier no protection from being hit. The play should have been blown dead as soon as Erickson caught the ball, but overall call was correct. 2) A receiver going to the ground must maintain full control when he eventually goes out of bounds. Replay determined Jazz Peavy was bobbling ball as his body went out of bounds.

Team Stats

Passing Yards138.7121st
Rushing Yards192.339th
Points For22.0Tied-107th
Points Against16.69th

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