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Northwestern Wildcats

Location: Evanston, Illinois ▪ Colors: Purple & White
Stadium: Ryan Field (cap. 49,256)
Record*: 121 Years, 494-635-40, .440 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 495-634-40 by NCAA.

Conferences: Big Ten, Western and Ind
Conference Champion: 8 Times
Bowls: 11 Bowls, 2-9, .182 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 7 Times (Preseason), 9 Times (Final), 161 Weeks (Total)

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121 Years

Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
1 2014 Big Ten Pat Fitzgerald (0-0)
2 2013 Big Ten 5 7 0 .417 3.97 4.81 22 16 Pat Fitzgerald (0-0)
3 2012 Big Ten 10 3 0 .769 8.97 0.97 17 17 Pat Fitzgerald (10-3) Gator Bowl-W
4 2011 Big Ten 6 7 0 .462 1.66 0.43 Pat Fitzgerald (6-7) Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas-L
5 2010 Big Ten 7 6 0 .538 -1.44 -1.06 Pat Fitzgerald (7-6) Ticket City Bowl-L
6 2009 Big Ten 8 5 0 .615 -0.39 -1.93 Pat Fitzgerald (8-5) Outback Bowl-L
7 2008 Big Ten 9 4 0 .692 4.82 -0.11 22 Pat Fitzgerald (9-4) Alamo Bowl-L
8 2007 Big Ten 6 6 0 .500 -3.70 -1.45 Pat Fitzgerald (6-6)
9 2006 Big Ten 4 8 0 .333 -7.39 0.11 Pat Fitzgerald (4-8)
10 2005 Big Ten 7 5 0 .583 9.27 8.44 21 Randy Walker (7-5) Sun Bowl-L
11 2004 Big Ten 6 6 0 .500 1.71 5.04 Randy Walker (6-6)
12 2003 Big Ten 6 7 0 .462 0.09 4.47 Randy Walker (6-7) Motor City Bowl-L
13 2002 Big Ten 3 9 0 .250 -8.05 3.36 Randy Walker (3-9)
14 2001 Big Ten 4 7 0 .364 -1.01 3.26 16 14 Randy Walker (4-7)
15 2000 Big Ten 8 4 0 .667 8.85 4.26 12 Randy Walker (8-4) Alamo Bowl-L
16 1999 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -5.76 6.06 Randy Walker (3-8)
17 1998 Big Ten 3 9 0 .250 -6.28 2.72 Gary Barnett (3-9)
18 1997 Big Ten 5 7 0 .417 2.56 4.48 21 Gary Barnett (5-7)
19 1996 Big Ten 9 3 0 .750 8.75 2.84 18 10 15 Gary Barnett (9-3) Citrus Bowl-L
20 1995 Big Ten 10 2 0 .833 19.60 9.27 3 8 Gary Barnett (10-2) Rose Bowl-L
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
21 1994 Big Ten 3 7 1 .318 -0.81 9.65 Gary Barnett (3-7-1) W-L-T adjusted to 4-6-1 by NCAA.
22 1993 Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 -2.05 8.68 Gary Barnett (2-9)
23 1992 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -4.57 7.61 Gary Barnett (3-8)
24 1991 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -6.87 2.58 Francis Peay (3-8)
25 1990 Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 -6.62 3.65 Francis Peay (2-9)
26 1989 Big Ten 0 11 0 .000 -14.37 2.45 Francis Peay (0-11)
27 1988 Big Ten 2 8 1 .227 -7.71 2.38 Francis Peay (2-8-1)
28 1987 Big Ten 2 8 1 .227 -8.31 2.69 Francis Peay (2-8-1)
29 1986 Big Ten 4 7 0 .364 -3.89 0.39 Francis Peay (4-7)
30 1985 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -8.76 3.15 Dennis Green (3-8)
31 1984 Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 -8.35 5.56 Dennis Green (2-9)
32 1983 Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 -10.66 5.79 Dennis Green (2-9)
33 1982 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -7.67 3.06 Dennis Green (3-8)
34 1981 Big Ten 0 11 0 .000 -14.39 6.98 Dennis Green (0-11)
35 1980 Big Ten 0 11 0 .000 -13.30 7.25 Rick Venturi (0-11)
36 1979 Big Ten 1 10 0 .091 -10.05 7.50 Rick Venturi (1-10)
37 1978 Big Ten 0 10 1 .045 -13.60 7.31 Rick Venturi (0-10-1)
38 1977 Big Ten 1 10 0 .091 -7.38 9.08 John Pont (1-10)
39 1976 Big Ten 1 10 0 .091 -4.27 7.73 John Pont (1-10)
40 1975 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -5.60 5.03 John Pont (3-8)
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
41 1974 Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 -5.62 7.38 John Pont (3-8)
42 1973 Big Ten 4 7 0 .364 4.52 9.25 John Pont (4-7)
43 1972 Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 -3.50 6.60 Alex Agase (2-9)
44 1971 Big Ten 7 4 0 .636 9.30 5.30 20 19 Alex Agase (7-4)
45 1970 Big Ten 6 4 0 .600 13.90 9.50 18 Alex Agase (6-4)
46 1969 Big Ten 3 7 0 .300 -1.81 9.89 Alex Agase (3-7)
47 1968 Big Ten 1 9 0 .100 -7.33 10.47 Alex Agase (1-9)
48 1967 Big Ten 3 7 0 .300 -0.44 4.16 Alex Agase (3-7)
49 1966 Big Ten 3 6 1 .350 -0.17 6.23 Alex Agase (3-6-1)
50 1965 Big Ten 4 6 0 .400 6.47 10.87 Alex Agase (4-6)
51 1964 Big Ten 3 6 0 .333 5.35 11.57 Alex Agase (3-6)
52 1963 Big Ten 5 4 0 .556 13.03 10.69 6 4 Ara Parseghian (5-4)
53 1962 Big Ten 7 2 0 .778 20.19 12.97 1 Ara Parseghian (7-2)
54 1961 Big Ten 4 5 0 .444 9.53 8.64 Ara Parseghian (4-5)
55 1960 Big Ten 5 4 0 .556 15.46 12.79 14 6 Ara Parseghian (5-4)
56 1959 Big Ten 6 3 0 .667 14.71 10.60 10 2 Ara Parseghian (6-3)
57 1958 Big Ten 5 4 0 .556 16.61 11.61 4 Ara Parseghian (5-4)
58 1957 Big Ten 0 9 0 .000 -6.57 12.98 Ara Parseghian (0-9)
59 1956 Big Ten 4 4 1 .500 8.57 8.24 Ara Parseghian (4-4-1)
60 1955 Big Ten 0 8 1 .056 -9.95 4.94 Lou Saban (0-8-1)
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
61 1954 Big Ten 2 7 0 .222 5.79 11.23 Robert Voigts (2-7)
62 1953 Big Ten 3 6 0 .333 4.90 10.24 18 Robert Voigts (3-6)
63 1952 Western 2 6 1 .278 1.88 10.32 Robert Voigts (2-6-1)
64 1951 Western 5 4 0 .556 10.06 10.17 13 Robert Voigts (5-4)
65 1950 Western 6 3 0 .667 10.41 8.41 9 Robert Voigts (6-3)
66 1949 Western 4 5 0 .444 13.62 14.50 13 Robert Voigts (4-5)
67 1948 Western 8 2 0 .800 20.03 11.73 3 7 Robert Voigts (8-2) Rose Bowl-W
68 1947 Western 3 6 0 .333 10.65 16.88 Robert Voigts (3-6)
69 1946 Western 4 4 1 .500 10.27 9.72 6 Pappy Waldorf (4-4-1)
70 1945 Western 4 4 1 .500 11.13 13.57 20 Pappy Waldorf (4-4-1)
71 1944 Western 1 7 1 .167 3.39 14.28 Pappy Waldorf (1-7-1)
72 1943 Western 6 2 0 .750 24.41 15.28 8 9 Pappy Waldorf (6-2)
73 1942 Western 1 9 0 .100 2.75 12.45 Pappy Waldorf (1-9)
74 1941 Western 5 3 0 .625 19.59 11.46 5 11 Pappy Waldorf (5-3)
75 1940 Western 6 2 0 .750 24.37 13.37 4 8 Pappy Waldorf (6-2)
76 1939 Western 3 4 1 .438 6.62 9.49 Pappy Waldorf (3-4-1)
77 1938 Western 4 2 2 .625 15.63 9.26 7 17 Pappy Waldorf (4-2-2)
78 1937 Western 4 4 0 .500 7.01 4.76 7 Pappy Waldorf (4-4)
79 1936 Western 7 1 0 .875 13.58 6.46 1 7 Pappy Waldorf (7-1)
80 1935 Western 4 3 1 .563 9.37 8.00 Pappy Waldorf (4-3-1)
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
81 1934 Western 3 5 0 .375 0.89 7.89 Dick Hanley (3-5)
82 1933 Western 1 5 2 .250 9.90 12.65 Dick Hanley (1-5-2)
83 1932 Western 3 4 1 .438 14.08 11.46 Dick Hanley (3-4-1)
84 1931 Western 7 1 1 .833 18.63 7.29 Dick Hanley (7-1-1)
85 1930 Western 7 1 0 .875 24.75 9.37 Dick Hanley (7-1)
86 1929 Western 6 3 0 .667 6.41 2.74 Dick Hanley (6-3)
87 1928 Western 5 3 0 .625 10.86 6.86 Dick Hanley (5-3)
88 1927 Western 4 4 0 .500 6.12 5.50 Dick Hanley (4-4)
89 1926 Western 7 1 0 .875 18.77 1.89 Glenn Thistlethwaite (7-1)
90 1925 Western 5 3 0 .625 6.59 4.09 Glenn Thistlethwaite (5-3)
91 1924 Western 4 4 0 .500 6.05 3.55 Glenn Thistlethwaite (4-4)
92 1923 Western 2 6 0 .250 -2.96 1.92 Glenn Thistlethwaite (2-6)
93 1922 Western 3 3 1 .500 3.69 1.83 Glenn Thistlethwaite (3-3-1)
94 1921 Western 1 6 0 .143 -8.00 2.86 Elmer McDevitt (1-6)
95 1920 Western 3 4 0 .429 2.05 5.76 Elmer McDevitt (3-4)
96 1919 Western 2 5 0 .286 -0.27 5.73 Charlie Bachman (2-5)
97 1918 Western 2 2 1 .500 3.99 4.19 Fred Murphy (2-2-1)
98 1917 Western 5 2 0 .714 9.49 3.20 Fred Murphy (5-2)
99 1916 Western 6 1 0 .857 7.61 -2.54 Fred Murphy (6-1)
100 1915 Western 2 5 0 .286 -1.70 2.73 Fred Murphy (2-5)
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
101 1914 Western 1 6 0 .143 -11.74 7.83 Fred Murphy (1-6)
102 1913 Western 1 6 0 .143 -8.37 6.92 Dennis Grady (1-6)
103 1912 Western 2 3 1 .417 2.53 6.86 Charles Hammett (2-3-1)
104 1911 Western 3 4 0 .429 -0.16 1.41 Charles Hammett (3-4)
105 1910 Western 1 3 1 .300 -6.97 -0.17 Charles Hammett (1-3-1)
106 1909 Western 1 3 1 .300 -8.56 1.24 Bill Horr (1-3-1)
107 1908 Western 2 2 0 .500 -1.73 -1.73 Alton Johnson (2-2)
108 1905 Western 8 2 1 .773 5.78 -3.85 Walter McCornack (8-2-1)
109 1904 Western 8 2 0 .800 11.24 -0.86 Walter McCornack (8-2)
110 1903 Western 10 1 3 .821 6.47 -4.10 Walter McCornack (10-1-3)
111 1902 Western 6 6 0 .500 0.33 1.08 Charles Hollister (6-6)
112 1901 Western 8 2 1 .773 8.90 2.45 Charles Hollister (8-2-1)
113 1900 Western 7 2 3 .708 4.85 -0.48 Charles Hollister (7-2-3)
114 1899 Western 7 6 0 .538 0.56 -1.36 Charles Hollister (6-6)
115 1898 Western 9 4 1 .679 1.98 -4.09 W.H. Bannard (9-4-1)
116 1897 Western 5 3 0 .625 -3.45 -5.33 Jesse Van Doozer (5-3)
117 1896 Western 6 1 2 .778 5.63 -3.26 Alvin Culver (6-1-2)
118 1895 Ind 6 5 0 .545 3.67 -1.15 Alvin Culver (6-5)
119 1894 Ind 4 5 0 .444 -11.97 -4.75 A.A. Ewing (4-5)
120 1893 Ind 2 5 3 .350 -2.61 1.40 Paul Noyes (2-5-3)
Rk Year Conf W L T Pct SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Coach(es) Bowl Notes
121 1892 Ind 6 4 2 .583 -0.61 -2.94 Knowlton Ames (5-3-2)