The Wildcats have won three straight behind a tough defense, but have been inconsistent on the other side of the ball, leaning on running back Justin Jackson while getting erratic play from freshman quarterback Clayton Thorson.
The winner Saturday will take sole possession of second place in the Big Ten West.
How to watch
Details for Saturday’s game are below.
Kickoff: 3:30 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 Wisconsin affiliates, click here.
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 (W, 24-19)
Oct. 3: vs. Minnesota (W, 27-0)
Oct. 10: at Michigan (L, 38-0)
Oct. 17: vs. Iowa (L, 40–10)
Oct. 24: at Nebraska (W, 30–28)
Nov. 7: vs. Penn State (W, 23–21)
Nov. 14: vs. Purdue (W, 21–14)
Nov. 21: at Wisconsin (3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
Nov. 28: at Illinois (3:30 p.m. ET)
Sept. 5: vs. Alabama (L, 35–17)
Sept. 12: vs. Miami (Ohio) (W, 58–0)
Sept. 19: vs. Troy (W, 38–3)
Sept. 26: vs. Hawaii (W, 28–0)
Oct. 3: vs. Iowa (L, 10–6)
Oct. 10: at Nebraska (W, 23–21)
Oct. 17: vs. Purdue (W, 24–7)
Oct. 24: at Illinois (W, 24–13)
Oct. 31: vs. Rutgers (W, 48–10)
Nov. 7: at Maryland (W, 31–24)
Nov. 21: vs. Northwestern (3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)
Nov. 28: at Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)