2013 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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2013 Northwestern Wildcats football
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Conference Big Ten Conference
Legends Division
2013 record 5–7 (1–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Fitzgerald
Offensive coordinator Mick McCall
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Ryan Field
(Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
« 2012 2014 »
2013 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends
#3 Michigan State x   8 0         13 1  
Iowa   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Minnesota   4 4         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   1 7         5 7  
Leaders
#12 Ohio State x   8 0         12 2  
#22 Wisconsin   6 2         9 4  
Penn State*   4 4         7 5  
Indiana   3 5         5 7  
Illinois   1 7         4 8  
Purdue   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 24
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Penn State ineligible for conference championship game and post-season bowl games due to NCAA sanctions
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his eighth season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the Legends Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats won their first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl against California by defeating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl 34–20.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Northwestern
Alma Mater
Pat Fitzgerald Head Coach 8 Northwestern (1996)
Mick McCall Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 4 Southern Colorado (1978)
Mike Hankwitz Defensive Coordinator 4 Michigan (1970)
Randy Bates Linebackers 7 Ohio State (1983)
Jerry Brown Defensive Backs/Assistant Head Coach 20 Northwestern (1972)
Adam Cushing Offensive Line 3 Chicago (2002)
Bob Heffner Superbacks 4 Temple (1979)
Marty Long Defensive Line 4 The Citadel (1986)
Matt MacPherson Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator 7 DePauw (1993)
Dennis Springer Wide Receivers 2 Butler (1993)
Reference:[1]


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 9:30 PM at California* #22 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA ESPN2 W 44–30   58,816
September 7 5:00 PM Syracuse* #19 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 48–27   38,033
September 14 8:00 PM Western Michigan* #17 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 38–17   33,128
September 21 2:30 PM Maine* #18 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN W 35–21   32,726
October 5 7:00 PM #4 Ohio Statedagger #16 Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ABC L 30–40   47,330
October 12 2:30 PM at Wisconsin #19 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC L 6–35   81,411
October 19 11:00 AM Minnesota Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN2 L 17–20   36,578
October 26 11:00 AM at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN L 10–17 OT  66,838
November 2 2:30 PM at Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN L 24–27   91,140
November 16 3:30 PM Michigan Ryan Field • Evanston, IL BTN L 19–27 3OT  47,330
November 23 11:00 AM #13 Michigan State Ryan Field • Evanston, IL ESPN L 6–30   40,013
November 30 2:30 PM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy) BTN W 37–34   37,058
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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Game notes[edit]

California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Wildcats 7 10 10 17 44
Golden Bears 7 3 14 6 30


Syracuse[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Orange 0 7 6 14 27
#19 Wildcats 10 24 0 14 48


Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 0 17
#17 Wildcats 0 24 7 7 38


Maine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 0 0 7 14 21
#18 Wildcats 7 7 7 14 35


Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Buckeyes 10 3 7 20 40
#16 Wildcats 7 13 3 7 30

For the first time since November 11, 1995, ESPN's College GameDay was broadcast from Evanston prior to the game.[3]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Wildcats 3 3 0 0 6
Badgers 7 14 7 7 35


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 7 7 6 20
Wildcats 7 0 0 10 17


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Wildcats 0 0 7 3 0 10
Hawkeyes 7 3 0 0 7 17


Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 7 0 3 24
Cornhuskers 7 7 7 6 27


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT 3OT Total
Wolverines 3 0 0 6 7 3 8 27
Wildcats 3 3 3 0 7 3 0 19


Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Spartans 0 14 9 7 30
Wildcats 3 3 0 0 6


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 10 3 14 37
Fighting Illini 0 17 10 7 34


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 22 19 17 18 17 16 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches' 22 20 16 16 16 15 18 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coaches". Northwestern University Department of Athletics. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 Northwestern Football Schedule". Northwestern Athletics. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ecker, Danny (September 29, 2013). "ESPN's 'College GameDay' Coming to Evanston for Lakefront Broadcast". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved September 30, 2013.