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    Northwestern, Big Ten Announce 2014 Conference Schedule

    Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats will host four Big Ten conference opponents during the 2014 campaign.

    Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats will host four Big Ten conference opponents during the 2014 campaign.

    May 16, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- In concordance with the new divisional alignment announced by the Big Ten on April 28, the league on Thursday released dates and matchups for the 2014 Big Ten Conference football schedule. Northwestern's eight-game conference slate in 2014 begins Sept. 27 with a cross-divisional matchup at Penn State and features home contests against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and Illinois.

    Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules.

    Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule.



    Along with its conference-opener in State College, Northwestern's additional cross-divisional game falls on Nov. 8 when the Wildcats host Michigan, bringing the Wolverines to Evanston for a second consecutive season.

    Northwestern also will be tasked with road games against divisional opponents Minnesota (Oct. 11), Iowa (Nov. 1) and Purdue (Nov. 22).

    The 2014 Big Ten season will kick off with conference newcomer Rutgers making its debut in the league by hosting Penn State on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    Season tickets for the 2013 Northwestern Football season are the optimal way to guarantee a seat for all seven games at Ryan Field this upcoming season. Tickets may be purchased via's online ticket center or by speaking with a ticket sales representative by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.

    The Wildcats are coming off a 10-win season, capped by a victory in the 2013 Gator Bowl and top-20 year-end rankings in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Polls.

    2014 Northwestern Football -- Big Ten Schedule
    Sept. 27 -- at Penn State
    Oct. 4 -- Wisconsin
    Oct. 11 -- at Minnesota
    Oct. 18 -- Nebraska
    Nov. 1 -- at Iowa
    Nov. 8 -- Michigan
    Nov. 22 -- at Purdue
    Nov. 29 -- Illinois

    Home games listed in bold.


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