2013 Northwestern Season outlook
Few fans of Northwestern Football will forget the joy of celebrating the final victory in a 10-win 2012 campaign, which came in the form of an exciting 34-20 topping of Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. The 'Cats, who last year made their fifth straight bowl appearance under dynamic head coach Pat Fitzgerald, return 18 starters from last year's stellar squad and enter 2013 with a No. 22 ranking in the USA Today/Coaches preseason poll. Fitzgerald, already the Big Ten's second-longest tenured head coach at the age of 38, is now set on steering his alma mater to a Big Ten championship and the Wildcats' first trip to Pasadena since his first of back-to-back All-American seasons in 1995.