College Football: Illinois Vs. Northwestern at Wrigley, Crisis (Kinda) Averted

Irish FaithfulContributor INovember 19, 2010

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 18: A general view as the Northwestern Wildcats practice for a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday November 20 at Wrigley Field on November 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I for one am very interested in the Illinois-Northwestern game this weekend.  I have no vested interest in the game but the fact that it is in Wrigley Field is a great idea.

Or at least it seemed like a great idea.

When I first read that the game was going to be played in Wrigley Field, my first thought was, "Huh. I wonder how they can fit the game to that stadium."

And lo and behold they couldn't.  The pictures of the field were downright scary.  I wouldn't want to be a tight end running a seam or post route into the fake ivy (on padding) in front of a brick wall. 

But let's give credit to the organizers and the Big Ten.  They made the adjustment on short notice and got it right (albeit too late).  The game will be played with only one endzone with adjustments made so the offense always plays toward the endzone.

Count me as one of those people hoping for an interception or a fumble recovery returned into no-mans land.  I assume the other endzone will still be there and in play if this happens. 

So kudos to the Big Ten for getting it right in the end.  And a team from Illinois is finally guaranteed to win a game late fall in Wrigley Field. 

Too bad it won't be the Cubs.