Northwestern Wildcats

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The Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and the only private university in the conference. Northwestern has eight men's and eleven women's NCAA Division I sports teams and is known as "Chicago's Big Ten Team." The mascot is Willie the Wildcat.

Football

Northwestern Wildcats college football
First Season
1882
Team History
Northwestern Wildcats (1924-present)
Northwestern Purple (1882-1923)
Conference
Big Ten Conference (1953-present)
Western Conference (1896-1952)
Independent (1882-95)
Venue
Ryan Field (1926-present)
Northwestern Field (1905-25)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1910s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1915
October 9 vs. Chicago Northwestern Field
1916
November 25 at Ohio State Ohio Field
1917
October 13 at Ohio State Ohio Field

1920s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1920
October 9 vs. Minnesota Northwestern Field
1923
October 27 vs. Illinois Cubs Park
1926
November 6 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium

1930s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1930
October 18 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
November 22 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
1931
October 17 vs. UCLA Dyche Stadium
November 7 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
1932
October 22 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
November 19 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium
1933
November 4 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
November 11 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1934
September 29 vs. Marquette Dyche Stadium
October 27 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
November 10 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1935
October 19 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1936
October 3 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium
October 24 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
October 31 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
1937
October 23 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 6 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1939
October 14 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 18 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
November 25 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium

1940s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1940
November 2 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
November 9 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
November 16 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
1941
October 25 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1942
October 24 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
November 14 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
1943
November 13 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
November 20 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1944
September 30 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
October 7 vs. Great Lakes Dyche Stadium
November 25 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1945
November 3 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1946
October 12 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
November 16 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
1947
October 18 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
November 8 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 22 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
1948
October 9 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
October 16 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
November 6 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
January 1, 1949 vs. California Rose Bowl
1949
September 24 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
October 1 vs. Pittsburgh Dyche Stadium
October 8 at Minnesota Memorial Stadium

1950s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1950
September 30 vs. Iowa State Memorial Stadium
October 14 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
October 21 vs. Pittsburgh Dyche Stadium
November 11 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium
1951
October 13 at Minnesota Memorial Stadium
October 27 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
November 10 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
1952
October 4 vs. Vanderbilt Dyche Stadium
November 8 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
November 15 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium
1953
September 26 vs. Iowa State Dyche Stadium
October 10 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
October 17 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
October 31 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1954
September 25 vs. Iowa State Dyche Stadium
October 16 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
October 23 at Pittsburgh Pitt Stadium
October 30 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
1955
September 24 vs. Miami (OH) Dyche Stadium
October 15 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
October 29 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 19 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1956
November 10 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
November 17 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
1957
November 2 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 23 at Illinois Memorial Stadium
1958
October 18 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
November 15 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
1959
October 31 vs. Indiana Dyche Stadium
November 14 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
November 21 at Illinois Memorial Stadium

1960s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1960
October 1 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium
November 5 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
November 19 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1961
October 21 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
October 28 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
1962
October 6 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
October 13 at Minnesota Memorial Stadium
October 20 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
October 27 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
1963
October 19 vs. Miami (OH) Dyche Stadium
October 26 vs. Michigan State Dyche Stadium
November 16 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1964
October 3 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
October 24 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
November 14 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1965
October 2 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
October 16 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
October 30 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
November 13 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
November 20 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1966
October 1 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
October 15 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
October 22 at Iowa Iowa Stadium
1967
September 30 vs. Missouri Dyche Stadium
November 18 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
November 25 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
1968
October 5 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
October 19 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
October 26 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
1969
October 18 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
October 25 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium
November 8 at Minnesota Memorial Stadium

1970s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1970
October 10 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
October 31 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 7 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
November 21 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
1971
September 11 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
September 18 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
September 25 vs. Syracuse Dyche Stadium
October 16 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
November 6 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
November 13 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
1972
September 23 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
November 11 at Minnesota Memorial Stadium
November 18 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
November 25 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
1973
September 22 at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium
October 13 vs. Iowa Dyche Stadium
October 20 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium
October 27 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 3 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
1974
September 14 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
September 28 at Nebraska Memorial Stadium
October 19 vs. Purdue Dyche Stadium
October 26 vs. Ohio State Dyche Stadium
1975
November 15 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
1976
September 11 at Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium
September 25 vs. Notre Dame Dyche Stadium
October 9 at Indiana Memorial Stadium
October 16 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
1977
November 5 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
November 12 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
1978
September 23 vs. Wisconsin Dyche Stadium
September 30 at Colorado Folsom Field
October 21 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium
October 28 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 11 vs. Michigan Dyche Stadium
1979
September 15 vs. Wyoming Dyche Stadium
October 6 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium

1980s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1980
September 27 at Syracuse Carrier Dome
October 18 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
1981
September 12 vs. Indiana Dyche Stadium
September 26 vs. Utah Dyche Stadium
October 24 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
1982
September 18 vs. Miami (OH) Dyche Stadium
September 25 vs. Northern Illinois Dyche Stadium
October 2 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
1983
October 8 at Iowa Kinnick Stadium
October 15 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
November 5 vs. Michigan State Dyche Stadium
November 12 at Ohio State Ohio Stadium
November 19 vs. Illinois Dyche Stadium
1984
October 13 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
1985
October 19 at Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium
1986
October 11 at Minnesota Metrodome
1988
October 8 at Minnesota Metrodome
1989
October 14 vs. Minnesota Dyche Stadium

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1990
September 29 vs. Northern Illinois Dyche Stadium
1995
January 1, 1996 vs. USC Rose Bowl
1996
January 1, 1997 vs. Tennessee Florida Citrus Bowl
1997
October 4 vs. Wisconsin Ryan Field
October 11 at Michigan Michigan Stadium
October 18 vs. Michigan State Ryan Field
1998
October 24 vs. Ohio State Ryan Field

2000s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2000
November 4 vs. Michigan Ryan Field
2003
September 6 vs. Air Force Ryan Field
October 4 vs. Minnesota Ryan Field
November 8 vs. Penn State Ryan Field
2005
September 24 vs. Penn State Ryan Field
2007
October 13 vs. Minnesota Ryan Field

2010s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
2012
November 17 at Michigan State Spartan Stadium
2016
December 28 vs. Pittsburgh Yankee Stadium
2017
December 29 vs. Kentucky Nissan Stadium
2018
December 31 vs. Utah SDCCU Stadium

Media guides and yearbooks

All media guides

1950s 1951 • 1952 • 1953
1960s 1966 • 1967 • 1968
1970s 1970 • 1973

Men's Basketball

Northwestern Wildcats men's college basketball
First Season
1904-05
Team History
Northwestern Wildcats (1904-present)
Conference
Big Ten Conference (1953-present)
Western Conference (1904-53)
Venue
Welsh-Ryan Arena (1952-present)
Allstate Arena (2017-18)
Patten Gymnasium (1940-52)
Old Patten Gymnasium (1910-40)
Key People
Players • Coaches

Programs by season

1990s

Season/Date Opponent Venue
1991-92
February 1, 1992 vs. Illinois Welsh-Ryan Arena


Big Ten Conference
East Division Indiana Hoosiers • Maryland Terrapins • Michigan Wolverines • Michigan State Spartans • Ohio State Buckeyes • Penn State Nittany Lions • Rutgers Scarlet Knights
West Division Illinois Fighting Illini • Iowa Hawkeyes • Minnesota Golden Gophers • Nebraska Cornhuskers • Northwestern Wildcats • Purdue Boilermakers • Wisconsin Badgers
Basketball Venues Breslin Student Events Center • Crisler Center • Welsh-Ryan Arena • Williams Arena
Football Venues Ohio Stadium • Ryan Field • SHI Stadium
FBS Conferences American Athletic Conference • Atlantic Coast Conference • Big 12 Conference • Big Ten Conference • Conference USA • Mid-American Conference • Mountain West Conference • Pac-12 Conference • Southeastern Conference • Sun Belt Conference
FCS Conferences Big Sky Conference • Big South Conference • Colonial Athletic Association • Ivy League • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference • Missouri Valley Football Conference • Northeast Conference • Ohio Valley Conference • Patriot League • Pioneer Football League • Southern Conference • Southland Conference • Southwestern Athletic Conference
Other Conferences Current: Big East Conference • West Coast Conference
Former: Big Eight Conference