Northwestern Wildcats Articles

The 2016 Big Ten season may not have ended the way you would have expected. Who could have seen it coming, with Penn State getting blown out at Michigan and losing on the road in Pennsylvania for a second straight season (at Temple in 2015, at...
Kevin McGuire
3 days ago
Mike Riley
The balance of power in the Big Ten clearly resides in the East Division, as Wisconsin is expected to be the only preseason top 25 team from the West. The Badgers are a heavy favorite to win the division crown in 2017, with Nebraska, Northwestern...
Steven Lassan
1 week ago
Jalen Hurts
College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. With spring practice underway, the countdown to the 2017 season can officially begin, as teams have...
Steven Lassan
2 weeks ago
Lamar Jackson
Spring practice is a busy time for all 130 college football teams, and it's no secret most of the attention in offseason workouts starts with the quarterback position. The 2017 crop of quarterbacks starts with defending Heisman Trophy...
Steven Lassan
4 weeks ago
The importance of the non-conference schedule supposedly has been increased in the College Football Playoff era, and the Big Ten has instituted a new scheduling policy to give the conference-wide strength of schedule a boost. This season sees a few...
Kevin McGuire
1 month ago
A pair of schools with tortured NCAA Tournament histories meets up in Salt Lake City hoping that Cinderella has a few more dances left with them.   Northwestern enters the Second Round for the first time ever after surviving a thriller...
Bryan Fischer
1 month ago
After 77 long, agonizing seasons, Northwestern fans finally heard their name called on Selection Sunday. The Wildcats may still need to pinch themselves that it’s real, but the basketball team did indeed make it into the 2017 NCAA...
Bryan Fischer
1 month ago
Deondre Francois
The countdown to the 2017 college football season is already underway, as spring practices and position battles for spots on the depth chart for all 130 teams across the nation are already in progress in offseason workouts. And one...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Urban Meyer
The Big Ten closed the gap with the SEC last year in the race to be college football’s No. 1 conference, and the league is in great shape as spring ball opens for 2017. Ohio State and Penn State should be among the nation’s frontrunners...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Purdue made what — on paper, at least — looks like one of the offseason’s better hires, as the Boilermakers landed Jeff Brohm from Western Kentucky.   Related: Grading College Football's Head Coach Hires for 2017...
Matt Fortuna
1 month ago
Mark Dantonio
Ranking the college football and basketball head coaching tandems for the Power 5 conferences is no easy assignment. But that’s what Athlon Sports has set out to do this offseason, as spring practice is just starting around the nation for all...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
Mark Dantonio
The Big Ten isn’t hurting for talent in its coaching ranks. The duo of Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio ranks as the best in the conference, but Ohio State (Urban Meyer and Thad Matta) and Michigan (Jim Harbaugh and John Beilein) round out a strong...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Pat Fitzgerald
It may be hard to believe, but Pat Fitzgerald officially begins Year 12 in charge of Northwestern’s football program Tuesday, as the Wildcats commence spring practice. And when better to start camp than on Feb. 21, when Chicago-area...
Matt Fortuna
2 months ago
Tom Herman
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel featured 21 changes and several big-time hires. Texas (Tom Herman), Minnesota (P.J. Fleck), Oregon (Willie Taggart) and Purdue (Jeff Brohm) were just a few of the biggest winners from this year...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Nick Saban
Recruiting is the foundation for winning national championships, competing for CFB Playoff berths or winning at a high level in college football. While recruiting rankings aren’t 100 percent accurate, there is plenty of truth in the rankings...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Jarrett Stidham
Finding or developing a quarterback is no easy task for any college football coach. This position is one of the hardest to evaluate in high school, and quarterbacks often transfer early in their career in search of more playing time if they are...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Urban Meyer
Recruiting may be the lifeblood of a college football program, but developing the incoming talent and maxing out the potential of a roster is a big reason why some coaches thrive and others will fail. At Ohio State, Urban Meyer and his staff...
Kevin McGuire
2 months ago
Urban Meyer
The 14 teams in the Big Ten rarely recruit a hefty number of junior college prospects each season, but there are a handful of names joining the conference expected to make an impact in 2017. Ohio State lost three key members from its 2016 secondary...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Dabo Swinney
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Jimbo Fisher
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Ed Orgeron
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams. Sure, there are going to be hits...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Nick Saban
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Jalen Hurts
As college football programs sign new future star quarterbacks while faces we became familiar with move on to the NFL, it is time to figure out just where all of this talent comes from.   For the third year in a row, Athlon Sports has...
Matt Fortuna
2 months ago
College Football's 2017 Recruiting All-Name Team
National Signing Day typically happens on the first Wednesday in February every year, but perhaps it should be moved to December 25 since it essentially represents Christmas for college football head coaches across the nation. All of the hard...
Athlon Sports
2 months ago
Jack Cichy
Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the Big Ten....
Steven Lassan
2 months ago

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