And with that, Northwestern’s 2014 non-conference schedule is complete.
The Wildcats, NU announced in a press release, have reached an agreement on a one-off game with Northern Illinois in Evanston. The game will be played Sept. 6, the second weekend of the 2014 season.
The two football programs have met seven times, the last coming in 2005. The Wildcats own a 6-0-1 edge in the series.
“This is a truly exciting time for Chicago’s Big Ten Team as we continue to upgrade our nonconference football schedule,” said athletic director Jim Phillips in a statement. “Both Pat Fitzgerald and I have said repeatedly that Northwestern is committed to challenging itself in nonconference play, in addition to the always rigorous Big Ten slate.
“We’re excited to add the two-time defending MAC champions and 2013 Orange Bowl participants, and an in-state program that I have the deepest respect and admiration for, to a list of future opponents that already includes teams such as California, Notre Dame and Stanford. There has never been a better time to be a Wildcats football fan.”
NU had previously announced 2014 home games against Cal (8/30) and Western Illinois (9/20) along with a road trip to Notre Dame (11/15).