Betting on the Northwestern Wildcats Football Team

Betting on Wildcats football means home games at Ryan Field. With a seating capacity of over 47,000, the Evanston, Illinois stadium has seen Northwestern move back and forth from very good to very bad at the Division I level. The team started playing football in 1876 and achieved a school high ranking of #1 during the 1936 and '62 seasons. The Wildcats then became known as one of the most futile Division I college football programs from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. In recent years, Northwestern has consistently been competitive in the Big Ten Conference West Division. They claim 3 Big Ten Championships or Co-Championships from 1995 through 2014 and were bowl eligible 6 times from 2007 through 2014. The head coach is Pat Fitzgerald, and although the Wildcats claim 8 Conference titles overall, their postseason bowl record all-time is a forgettable 2 - 9. The biggest Wildcat rivalries come against the Wisconsin Badgers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Purdue Boilermakers and Illinois Fighting Illini. This page will provide you with some insight into the Wildcats football team, and where to find competitive betting lines for Illinois college football betting.

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NW Wildcats 2015-2016 Schedule, Odds & Results


Opponent Spread Results Record
09/05/15 Stanford      
09/12/15 E Illinois      
09/19/15 Duke      
09/26/15 Ball State      
10/03/15 Minnesota      
10/10/15 Michigan      
10/17/15 Iowa      
10/24/15 Nebraska      
11/07/15 Penn State      
11/14/15 Purdue      
11/21/15 Wisconsin      
11/28/15 Illinois      

NW Wildcats 2014 Last Year's Results


Opponent Spread Results Record
08/30/14 California California +7. Loss 31-24 0-1
09/06/14 Northern Illinois Northern Illinois +7.5 Loss 23-15 0-2
09/20/14 Western Illinois Western Illinois +25.5 Win 24-7 1-2
09/27/14 @ Penn State NW Wildcats +10 Win 29-6 2-2
10/04/14 Wisconsin NW Wildcats +7. Win 20-14 3-2
10/11/14 @ Minnesota NW Wildcats +4 Loss 24-17 3-3
10/18/14 Nebraska NW Wildcats +6.5 Loss 38-17 3-4
11/01/14 @ Iowa NW Wildcats +3 Loss 48-7 3-5
11/08/14 Michigan NW Wildcats +2 Loss 10-9 3-6
11/15/14 @ Notre Dame NW Wildcats +17 Win 43-40 4-6
11/22/14 @ Purdue NW Wildcats +1 Win 38-14 5-6
11/29/14 Illinois Fighting Illini Fighting Illini +8 Loss 47-33 5-7

2015 Northwestern Wildcats Football

Betting Odds For NorthWestern To Win National Title In 2015/16 Season: +120000

A roller coaster year for head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the Northwestern Wildcats saw them drop their first two contests, win three in a row (including a home upset of Wisconsin), drop four straight, win two and then lose the season finale to finish 5-7 on the year. The thrill of the Wisconsin win may have been topped on November 15, when the Wildcats stunned the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on their home field, winning 43-40 in overtime. In that game, Northwestern had trailed 40-29 with under five minutes left. Behind center, Trevor Sieman threw for over 2,200 yards, but finished with more interceptions than touchdown passes before a knee injury in the finale. The trio of Kyle Prater, Dan Vitale and Tony Jones served as his main targets, combining for 126 receptions and over 1,200 yards. However, they only reached the end zone five times. The ground game was keyed by Justin Jackson's 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Wildcat defense had periodic moments of outstanding efforts, but remains a work in progress. One week prior to the Wisconsin shocker, Northwestern went into Happy Valley and dominated Penn State in a 29-6 win that saw the Nittany Lions manage just two field goal on their home turf. However, with a bowl bid on the line in the season finale, Northwestern gave up 47 points to end the year on a down note. The leaders of the linebacker were linebackers Chi Chi Ariguzo and Anthony Walker. Up front, Dean Lowry was the leader of a variety of lineman that cycled in and out due to their specialties against the run or pass. At safety, Ibraheim Campbell struggled with injuries, but still was the leader of the defensive backfield.

The Northwestern Wildcats – University of Illinois Football Rivalry

The Land of Lincoln Trophy is presented to the winner of the Illinois Northwestern Division I men's college football team played each year. The prize was created in 2009, even though the teams first played in 1892. Going into the 2014 - 15 season Illinois leads all time 54 - 48 - 5. The name of the award for the game's winner was previously the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk from 1945 through 2008. From 1995 through the 2013 football season, Northwestern had a stranglehold on the Land of Lincoln Trophy. The Wildcats beat rival Illinois 12 out of those 19 seasons, and 8 times from 2003 through 2013.

Northwestern Wildcats Football Traditions

Northwestern Stripes

Way back in 1928 Northwestern University created a unique striping pattern on the sleeves of their jerseys. This is looked upon as one of the first modern-day football uniforms, and the design was quickly copycatted across the nation. The striping pattern was so well known as a characteristic of the school that the design format was named "Northwestern stripes."

The Purple Clock

Beginning with the 1995 season, the face of the clock on the Rebecca Crown Tower of the Northwestern campus turns from white to purple with every Wildcats football victory. Since 1997 the Northwestern tower clock is switched to purple after the last game of the year.

Willie the Wildcat

In 1923 Northwestern suffered a poor season. The live caged bear cub named Furpaw was the team's mascot at the time, and he was singularly blamed for the lack of success. The nickname Wildcats was then adopted officially by the school. That is because Chicago Sun-Times sportswriter Wallace Abbey described the school's defensive unit as a "wall of purple wildcats." In 1933 Willie the Wildcat's image was created by a local ad agency, and the current mascot was born.

Keys at Kickoff

Betting on Northwestern Wildcats football means jiggling your keys at kickoff. Northwestern is known as one of the most intelligent Division I colleges. The act of jiggling your keys before kickoff symbolizes that regardless the outcome of the game, the Wildcats' opponents will sometime in the future be parking the cars of the Northwestern students.

Resources for Northwestern Wildcats Football Fans

Northwestern Wildcats Official Website

NCAAF Official Website