Northwestern Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Wildcats

    The 2016 Northwestern football schedule starts out okay, but it gets rough for a long while before easing up. It’s going to be a bigger fight than last year.

    February 9, 2016


    The 2016 Northwestern football schedule starts out okay, but it gets rough for a long while before easing up. It’s going to be a bigger fight than last year.


    2016 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule

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    2016 Northwestern Wildcats

    Sept. 3 Western Michigan
    Sept. 10 Illinois State
    Sept. 17 Duke
    Sept. 24 Nebraska
    Oct. 1 at Iowa
    Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 15 at Michigan State
    Oct. 22 Indiana
    Oct. 29 at Ohio State
    Nov. 5 Wisconsin
    Nov. 12 at Purdue
    Nov. 19 at Minnesota
    Nov. 26 Illinois

    Non-Conference Games Western Michigan, Illinois State, Duke

    Games vs. the East at Michigan State, Indiana, at Ohio State

    5 Keys to the Schedule

    – Last year the Wildcats started out against Stanford – with great results. This time around, it’s a little easier with Western Michigan coming in to kick things off. With Illinois State and Duke up next, they non-conference slate isn’t bad – especially with those three coming to Evanston.

    – NU doesn’t leave home until October, starting out the Big Ten season with a huge showdown against Nebraska at home.

    – Here’s the problem – the Wildcats have to deal with Michigan State and Ohio State from the East, and both games are on the road. Making up for it, the other interdivisional game is against Indiana at home.

    – There’s a rough run of three road games in four weeks going to Ohio State, Purdue and Minnesota and with the home game against Wisconsin. Yuck.

    – WATCH OUT FOR … the road trip to Minnesota. Late November in Minneapolis is always dicey, and it’s the last road game of the year. This is when the Gophers could be desperate for a win.

    2017 Non-Conference Games Western Illinois, at Duke

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