No. 17 Northwestern (9–2) and Illinois (5–6) resume their annual in-state rivalry at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday. The Wildcats have won four straight behind a staunch defense and can achieve their second 10-win season of Pat Fitzgerald’s tenure with a win. Northwestern won a controversial game at Wisconsin last week and will be favored to win this year's battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy.
Illinois needs a win to become bowl-eligible as interim head coach Bill Cubit tries to make a case to keep his job next season.
Last year, the Illini beat the Wildcats 47–33 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.
How to watch
Details for Saturday’s game are below.
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 (W, 13–7)
Nov. 28: at Illinois (3:30 p.m. ET)
Sept. 5: vs. Kent State (W, 52–3)
Sept. 12: vs. Western Illinois (W, 44–0)
Sept. 19: at North Carolina (L, 48–14)
Sept. 26: vs. Middle Tennessee (W, 27–25)
Oct. 3: vs. Nebraska (W, 14–13)
Oct. 10: at Iowa (L, 29–20)
Oct. 24: vs. Wisconsin (L, 24–13)
Oct. 31: at Penn State (L, 39–0)
Nov. 7: at Purdue (W, 48–14)
Nov. 14: vs. Ohio State (L, 28–3)
Nov. 21 at Minnesota (L, 32–23)
Nov. 28: vs. Northwestern (3:30 p.m. ET)