1996 Northwestern Wildcats football team

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1996 Northwestern Wildcats football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 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 Ohio State +   7 1         11 1  
#15 Northwestern +   7 1         9 3  
#7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#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

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* No. 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 No. 25 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN W 35–17   36,714
October 5 11:30 AM No. 6 Michigan No. 22 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ABC W 17–16   48,187
October 12 11:30 AM Minnesota No. 15 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN2 W 26–24   35,848
October 19 11:30 AM at Wisconsin No. 14 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 W 34–30   79,576
October 26 11:00 AM Illinois No. 11 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL ESPN+ W 27–24   48,187
November 2 2:30 PM at No. 15 Penn State No. 11 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 9–34   96,596
November 9 2:30 PM at No. 23 Iowa No. 18 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 40–13   70,397
November 16 1:00 PM Purdue No. 13 Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL W 27–24   41,178
January 1 12:00 PM vs. No. 9 Tennessee* No. 11 Florida Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) ABC L 28–48   63,467
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. 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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