1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #15
1996 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Gary Barnett
Home stadium Dyche Stadium (Capacity: 48,187)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A college football season.

Season[edit]

Northwestern finished the season with a 9–3 record. Under head coach Gary Barnett, the Wildcats won a share of the Big Ten title for the second straight year. They faced off against Tennessee in the Florida Citrus Bowl where the Wilcats' season came to an abrupt halt with a 48–28 loss.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 5:30 PM at Wake Forest* #13 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC SCC L 27–28   21,749
September 14 2:30 PM at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ABC W 38–13   29,321
September 21 11:30 AM Ohio* Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL SCC W 28–7   38,148
September 28 11:30 AM Indiana #25 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN W 35–17   36,714
October 5 11:30 AM #6 Michigan #22 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ABC W 17–16   48,187
October 12 11:30 AM Minnesota #15 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 26–24   35,848
October 19 11:30 AM at Wisconsin #14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 W 34–30   79,576
October 26 11:00 AM Illinois #11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL SCC W 27–24   48,187
November 2 2:30 PM at #15 Penn State #11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 9–34   96,596
November 9 2:30 PM at #23 Iowa #18 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 40–13   70,397
November 16 1:00 PM Purdue #13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 27–24   41,178
January 1 12:00 PM vs. #9 Tennessee* #11 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 28–48   63,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Season summary[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

#14 Northwestern at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 7 6 14 34
Wisconsin 10 3 3 14 30

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Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Darnell Autry Running back 4 105 Chicago Bears
Tim Scharf Linebacker 6 164 New York Jets
Hudhaifa Ismaeli Defensive back 7 203 Miami Dolphins

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