Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

No. 17 Northwestern hosts Ball State on Saturday as it looks to enter its conference slate undefeated. The Wildcats have ridden a staunch defense, led by linebacker Anthony Walker, and the momentum from a season-opening win over Stanford all the way into the Top 25. While Northwestern has had early-season success, the development of true freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson will ultimately determine how far they go in the Big Ten. Thorson was less than spectacular in NU's win over Duke last week. 

Ball State comes off a 28–17 win over Eastern Michigan. Ball State has displayed a solid rushing attack through three games behind Darian Green and James Gilbert. If the Cardinals' defense can give Northwestern's offense some trouble, there's potential to keep this game close.

How to watch:

Details for Saturday's game are below.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: Big Ten Network
Radio: For a list of Northwestern affiliates, click here. For a list of Ball State affiliates, click here.

Team schedules

Ball State

Sept. 3: vs. VMI (W, 46–38)

Sept. 12: at Texas A&M (L, 56–23)

Sept. 19: at Eastern Michigan (W, 28-17)

Sept. 26: at Northwestern

Oct. 3: vs. Toledo

Oct. 10: at Northern Illinois

Oct. 17: vs. Georgia State

Oct. 24: vs. Central Michigan

Oct. 31: vs. Massachusetts

Nov. 5: at Western Michigan

Nov. 17: at Ohio

Nov. 24: vs. Bowling Green


Sept. 5: vs. Stanford (W, 16–6)

Sept. 12: vs. Eastern Illinois (W, 41–0)

Sept. 19: at Duke (W, 19–10)

Sept. 26: vs. Ball State

Oct. 3: vs. Minnesota

Oct. 10: at Michigan 

Oct. 17: vs. Iowa 

Oct. 24: at Nebraska 

Nov. 7: vs. Penn State 

Nov. 14: vs. Purdue 

Nov. 21: at Wisconsin

Nov. 28: at Illinois

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