1. Big Four, Middling Seven? Big Ten Mediocrity in 2009.

    As we approach the final three weeks of the 2009 Big Ten football schedule, every game will either have an impact on the conference title race or a team's bowl hopes...

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  2. Northwestern Football Hangs with Penn State for Three Quarters but Falls 34-13

    Northwestern (5-4, 2-3) fought hard for three quarters and even held a 13-10 halftime lead, but Penn State (8-1, 4-1) was just too much for the Wildcats as PSU scored 21 points in the final period to secure a 34-13 win in Evanston...

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  3. Northwestern Football Hosts Penn State for High Profile Halloween Battle

    Everything in the Northwestern Wildcats' (5-3, 2-2) season was supposed to be building to this week's matchup against #10 (Coaches' and Harris polls)/#12 (AP poll and BCS) Penn State (7-1, 3-1): ...

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  4. Northwestern Posts School Record Comeback in 29-29 Win over Indiana

    The Northwestern Wildcats (5-3, 2-2) pulled within one win of bowl eligibility as they posted an NU record 25 point comeback to defeat Indiana (4-4, 1-3) on Homecoming by a score of 29-28 ...

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  5. Northwestern-Indiana: The Bowl Elimination Battle

    On Saturday, Indiana (4-3, 1-2) visits Northwestern (4-3, 1-2) in what will likely amount to be a game that is essential for both teams' fading bowl hopes in this 2009 season...

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  6. Are Northwestern's Bowl Hopes Still Alive?

    Going into this season, most Northwestern football fans, and even some members of the traditional media (who are typically "down" on the Wildcats), expected NU to win enough games to earn a second ...

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  7. Northwestern Football Falls 24-14 to Strong Michigan State Passing Attack

    Northwestern (4-3, 1-2) dropped their third game of the 2009 season in East Lansing to the Spartans (4-3, 3-1), thanks to a few miscues and a solid day from MSU QB Kirk Cousins (281 passing yards, 2 TDs, no turnovers), by a final score of 24-14 ...

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  8. Big Ten Midseason Power Rankings, Bowl Projections, and More.

    With the season half over for most teams, it's time to revisit the Big Ten power rankings with the heart of the conference slate coming up...

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  9. Northwestern Football Faces Michigan State in Bowl Contention Battle

    The Northwestern Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) open up the second half of their season with a tough road trip to Michigan State (3-3, 2-1), who is riding a two game conference win streak and are looking to recover from a rough start to the year...

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  10. Northwestern Football 2009: First Half Report Card

      The Northwestern Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) have completed the first half of the 2009 regular season, and while the season may already seem like a disappointment to some, NU is still in control of where it will spend its holiday season this year...

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  11. Northwestern Football Defense Shuts Down Miami (Ohio) in 16-6 NU Win

    The Northwestern Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) defeated Miami (Ohio) (0-6) by a final score of 16-6, thanks to a dominating defense that racked up four turnovers and two rushing touchdowns from QB Mike Kafka...

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  12. Northwestern Football Faces 0-5 Miami (Ohio) on Saturday

    Northwestern (3-2, 1-1) concludes its regular season nonconference slate with a bout against Miami (Ohio) (0-5) at Ryan Field, which also marks the end of the first half of the 2009 season...

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  13. Northwestern Football Uses Takeaways to Defeat Purdue 27-21

    Northwestern (3-2, 1-1) notched its first Big Ten win of the 2009 season and held on to win against Purdue (1-4, 0-1) by a final score of 27-21...

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  14. Please, Just Eliminate the Coaches' Poll

    In a sport with a national championship decided by the opinion of a few dozen voters, there is bound to be controversy...

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  15. Northwestern-Purdue: Wildcats Look for Redemption

    Both Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) and Purdue (1-3, 0-0) enter their matchup in West Lafayette wanting to stay out of the Big Ten basement heading into the crucial middle stretch of the 2009 season...

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  16. Northwestern Football: How to Turn Around the 2009 Season

    Northwestern entered the 2009 season with high hopes, and rightfully so.  The Wildcats were coming off of one of just a handful of nine-win seasons in the program's history and had the vast majority of a strong defense coming back...

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  17. Northwestern Football Drops Big Ten Opener to Minnesota, 35-24

    Northwestern (2-2, 0-1) has now lost consecutive games for the first time since 2007 after falling to Minnesota (3-1, 1-0) by a final score of 35-24 in the Big Ten opener for both teams...

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  18. Northwestern Football Preview: Cats Get Golden Opportunity vs. Minnesota Gophers

    The Northwestern (2-1, 0-0) Wildcats will head back to Ryan Field this Saturday to face Minnesota (2-1, 0-0) in the Big Ten conference play opener for both teams just a week after both squads sustained their first losses of the 2009 season...

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  19. We Couldn't Stop Talking About Northwestern's D Before, Now It Can't Stop Anyone

    Northwestern came into the season with very high expectations on defense; the defense was even touted as the best unit on that side of the ball at NU since the mid-1990's...

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  20. Northwestern Football Loses Shootout to Syracuse 37-34

    Northwestern (2-1, 0-0) went on the road for the first time in 2009 and fell to Syracuse (1-2) in a shootout and a heartbreaker for the 'Cats by a final score of 34-37...

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  21. Reacting to Northwestern Football Week Three Injury Report

    The Northwestern Wildcats (2-0, 0-0) are facing off against Syracuse on Saturday night in New York but are also facing a series of injuries in just the third week of the 2009 season...

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  22. What's With All This College Football Conference Banter?

    As any college football fan has noticed, the rivalry between conferences has been stepped up a notch or two over the past few seasons, to say the least...

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  23. Northwestern Football Preview: Wildcats Vs. Syracuse Orange

    The Northwestern Wildcats (2-0, 0-0) take to the road for the first time in 2009 to face the Syracuse Orange (0-2, 0-0) after surviving a scare from Eastern Michigan last Saturday at Ryan Field...

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  24. Wild Finishes: How Northwestern's Second-Half Scares Prepare It for Syracuse

    Northwestern is off to a 2-0 start to the 2009 season and has racked up 58 first half points while allowing just 10 in the same period...

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  25. Northwestern Football Pulls Off a Close 27-24 Win Over Eastern Michigan

    OverviewNorthwestern (2-0, 0-0) got all it could handle from the Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-2, 0-0), but placekicker Stefan Demos nailed a 49 yard field goal with just six seconds left in the game to secure a 27-24 win for the Wildcats...

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