Category: Northwestern

Game 241: Purdue @ #18 Northwestern

A cup of coffee and an el train ride separate Chicago’s northside from Evanston, Illinois where the venerable Ryan Field awaits its fans in purple.  Fitting that the el train that takes passengers up to Northwestern University is the purple line.  Filled with Wildcat fans and a few despondent Purdue fans, the el carried patrons […]

Saturday November 14th, 2015 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Purdue | No Comments »


  Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois is known as the “Wrigley Field” of college football. It doesn’t quite have the history of the Cubs, but boasts a very classic and old school stadium atmosphere. For a while now, NU has been calling themselves Chicago’s Big Ten Team. Attempts to market this slogan are popping up […]

Saturday November 14th, 2015 in ALL VISITED STADIUMS, Big Ten, Big Ten, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 229: #21 Stanford @ Northwestern

Stanford – the in vogue pick. I admit that I became swept into the hype by putting them in high regard for a playoff position. Instead, a muggy day at Ryan Field became a potential Northwestern revival. The early kickoff forced College Football Tour’s Fifth Annual Northwestern tailgate to serve morning brunch – not that 8am […]

Saturday September 5th, 2015 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Pac Twelve, Stanford | No Comments »

Game 224: Northwestern @ #18 Notre Dame

Northwestern did it before. 1995. The Irish opened the season ranked 9th and the Wildcats were supposed to be the welcome mat that Notre Dame trampled over to initiate a fresh new season. But, Northwestern knew that scripts can change. The Wildcats stunned the Golden Domers with a 17-15 victory that the Chicago Tribune dubbed […]

Saturday November 15th, 2014 in Big Ten, Independent, Northwestern, Notre Dame | No Comments »

Game 221: #17 Wisconsin @ Northwestern

Prince comes to mind when I consider the recent history of Wisconsin’s visits to Ryan Field – the Badgers haven’t partied there since 1999. In the four games Wisconsin has played in Evanston this century, all have ended with Badger players sulking. Kudos to the Wildcats for maintaining an undaunted approach in the clashes with […]

Saturday October 4th, 2014 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 217: Northern Illinois @ Northwestern

  The College Football Tour tailgate was surrounded by hues of Husky red and Wildcat purple…and swarms of bees.  If NU was playing Georgia Tech, we could chalk it up to irony.  Instead, it was plain annoying.  However, it didn’t sting our enthusiasm on this gorgeous day in Evanston for the battle of “Who’s the […]

Saturday September 6th, 2014 in Big Ten, MAC, Northern Illinois, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 211: Minnesota @ Northwestern

For a Chicagoan, a Northwestern game is just an el train ride away.  I’ve been telling so many people that about the convenience of getting to Ryan Field on a football Saturday, yet I have never used that method to get there myself.  Today happened to be the perfect day.  Along with this first, this […]

Saturday October 19th, 2013 in Big Ten, Minnesota, Northwestern | No Comments »

Game 210: #19 Northwestern @ Wisconsin

  My love affair with Camp Randall began 25 years ago. It wasn’t love at first sight – I was dragged to games as a kid. But, as I attended more games, I grew up with a Wisconsin program that experienced its own growth spurt. We attended many games in the 90s as Wisconsin developed […]

Saturday October 12th, 2013 in Big Ten, Northwestern, Wisconsin | No Comments »

Game 207: Syracuse @ #22 Northwestern

Scratching and clawing is the way wildcats fight, and the Northwestern Wildcats have been fighting for decades – scratching to be noticed and clawing for relevancy. The dark days of the 70s and 80s are long gone, but they still cast a long shadow over the present day program. Despite multiple visits to the top […]

Saturday September 7th, 2013 in Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Northwestern, Syracuse | No Comments »

Game 200: Nebraska @ Northwestern

Nebraska’s inaugural visits to each Big Ten stadium as a new member of the conference have become gargantuan events, and the trip to Evanston would be no different. Northwestern rolled out the purple carpet, but perhaps they were a bit over-welcoming. Nebraska is known for having fans that travel well, and Northwestern is known for […]

Saturday October 20th, 2012 in Big Ten, Nebraska, Northwestern | No Comments »