As the Wildcats close out the season with visions of a bowl game dancing in their helmets, they’ll have to face the Wisconsin Badgers with claws drawn in the final game of the season. Witness the drama of this division showdown with today’s Groupon: $20 end-zone tickets (sections 116-121) to see Northwestern take on Wisconsin at Ryan Field on November 21 at 2:30 p.m. This is a huge game for Wildcat fans, Badger fans, and all-around collegiate football fanatics, so grab your ticket to the game and wave at all your friends back home as they jealously watch on the Big Ten Network’s live broadcast.
It’s been 13 years and five post-season appearances since Northwestern’s so-called Cinderella season landed them in the Rose Bowl in 1996. But the Wildcats’ Bowl thirst has gone unquenched of late, thanks to a streak of post-season defeats, including last season’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Missouri. Now the Wildcats are looking to put an abrupt end to this pattern, and a Badger trouncing might be just the victory necessary to earn that chance. Don’t expect the Badgers to take a lesson from heartwarming family sports movies and magnanimously offer the victor’s crown to Northwestern. Wisconsin is having a great season, and the team has its beady Badger eyes locked on a post-season berth. Both teams are poised for a hard-fought land-versus-ground gridiron battle that will likely come down to inches and nano-inches.
Hot off a win against undefeated Iowa, the Wildcats are gaining momentum as the season winds down. The last regular-season game will end a string of division games. If their recent come-from-behind win against Indiana says anything about the team’s spirit, this is set to be a Rocky IV-style fight to the finish. The Wildcats have a strong do-what-it-takes attitude, with scrappy players ready to battle every down for 60 minutes.
You’ll be surrounded by the true purple and white in the end-zone section. The best seats you can get for straight-ahead football action are also the sole reason humans have stereoscopic eyes, as opposed to the awkward side-mounted eyes of lower primates. Take advantage of your evolutionary superiority and get your Groupon!
CBSSports talks about the potential importance of this game to the Wildcats:
- Back-to-back bowl berths might not sound like a big deal in a time when 68 of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams get to finish their seasons with a bowl, but it's something special to the Wildcats. Only once in their history (1995-96) have they capped off consecutive seasons with bowls. Throw in the fact that NU finished 2007 with a 6-6 record (but stayed home) and fourth-year coach Pat Fitzgerald believes his alma mater is here to stay. – The Sports Xchange, CBS Sports
A real college football game can be a great family event, but try not to get too frustrated if you’re forced to bring your football-illiterate nephew—he means well, and he’s just excited about spending time with you. Here’s a list of questions he might ask so you can get all the eye-rolling out of the way ahead of time and concentrate on the male bonding.
- How many touchdowns are in a field goal? I need to know for my report.
- If the goal is to acquire distance, wouldn’t a grooved or finned ovoid projectile facilitate a more pronounced trajectory?
- How much mana do you have to tap to summon a quarterback?
- I have to go to the bathroom. Can you pause it?
- Is it cheating to use The Force?
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