Northwestern is taking fans out to the ball game — a football game, that is. The Wildcats face longtime in-state rival, the Illinois Fighting Illini, Saturday afternoon at the historic Wrigley Field for the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic. It is the first time a football game has been staged at the Friendly Confines since 1970, and the first college football game since 1938.
The two teams will be playing for the Land of Lincoln trophy, a new rivalry prize that replaces the Sweet Sioux trophy, which retired in 2009, a game Northwestern won. In fact, Northwestern has won the past two games against Illinois, and the last six out of seven. The Fighting Illini will be fighting for more than the W come Saturday, they’re looking for their sixth win to gain bowl eligibility.
In addition to the change in venue, Saturday’s game will be on the national stage: ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast from Wrigleyville Saturday, with coverage starting at 8 a.m. Kick-off for the sold out game is set for 2:30 p.m. CT. If you couldn’t manage to score a ticket, be sure to follow along with our live blog, beginning at 2 p.m. CT, for all the action live from legendary Wrigley Field.
Take a look at photos from the pregame tailgates outside Wrigley.