***** As of Monday night, NU is a 26-point underdog to Penn State for Saturday's game at Ryan Field. ***** CollegeFootballNews.com ranks NU 64th, a massive upgrade from last week's 98th-place ranking. CFN ranks Minnesota 65th. ***** CBS Sports ranks NU 92nd this week. ***** For breaking news and updates, visit the HTP Twitter Feed *****

Sept. 25, 2023

The Crown Tower
Clock should be:


Following NU's upset win over Minnesota, there are big changes to the bowl odds...

Jack Lausch bounds into the endzone
for a first-half touchdown vs. UTEP [AP Photo]

Wildcat Preview and Prediction
The Lowes Line: Minnesota

The Lowes Line staff offers up its pick for NU vs. Minny...

NU Falls to Duke

The 'Cats continued to show flashes of solid play, but ultimately lost 38-14 to #21 Duke on the road.

NU went into the locker trailing by only ten at halftime and showed fighting effort. However, the Blue Devils' talent proved too much in the decisive third quarter, during which Duke crafted two long drives to put the game out of reach.

The 'Cats return to Ryan Field this week for a night game against a surprisingly vulnerable Minnesota team, and the game could be the most critical pivot point for Coach Braun's team. Win, and the 'Cats are .500 for both Big Ten and overall play; lose, and it looks like the season will be just as tough as anticipated in August.

Northwestern's 2023 season will be its 138th playing football. Now, you can read about NU's very first season and how it all began. The school's first football game was during the 1875-'76 season, making NU the oldest existing football team of any sort in the American Midwest.

Gus Hornsby's Gamble tells the story of Augustus Hornsby, the maverick English army officer who formed the Chicago Foot-Ball Club and taught the game to Northwestern students. Hornsby's story, relayed here for the first time anywhere, is a wild ride: he was a pioneer journalist, an explorer, and eventually a fabulously wealthy real estate tycoon. But his gambling addiction led to financial ruin and a stunning string of crimes that made Hornsby a nationally-hunted fugitive.

My new book provides a new glimpse into life at Northwestern at the school's infancy and describes its first football team in detail. It is a must for any fan of Northwestern and NU history. Click here to learn more about the book. You can order it directly from Amazon.

Other pages updated this week (Sept. 17):

Uniform History


Updated 9/22/23



Next for the Wildcats:

Penn State

Ryan Field
Sat., Sept. 30
11:00 a.m. CDT


2023 Results
(2-2; 1-1 B1G)
Rutgers- Sunday 7-24
Duke 14-38
W Minnesota*
H Penn State
Sep 30
Howard - FCS; HC
Oct 7
A Nebraska*
Oct 21
H Maryland
Oct 28
H Iowa* - @ Wrigley
Nov 4
A Wisconsin*
Nov 11
H Purdue* - Ryan Finale
Nov 18
A Illinois*
Nov 25
2022 Results
(1-11; 1-8 B1G)
W Nebraska* (Dublin) 31-28
L Duke 23-31
So. Illinois - FCS 24-31
L Miami, O 14-17
L Penn State 7-17
L Wisconsin* (HC) 7-42
L Maryland 24-31
L Iowa* 13-33
L Ohio State 7-21
L Minnesota* 3-31
L Purdue* 9-17
L Illinois* 3-41

"...It will always be my school, our school."
--Gary Barnett, as quoted by Teddy Greenstein

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