|1940 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1940 record||6–2 (4–2 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Pappy Waldorf (6th season)|
|Offensive scheme||Single wing|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1940 Big Ten football standings|
|#1 Minnesota †||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1940 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1940 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Pappy Waldorf, the Wildcats compiled a 6–2 record (4–2 against Big Ten Conference opponents), finished in third place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #8 in the final AP Poll. Their only losses came against #1 Minnesota and #3 Michigan.
|October 5||at Syracuse*||W 40–0|
|October 12||Ohio State||W 6–3|
|October 19||at Wisconsin||No. 4||W 27–7|
|October 26||Indiana||No. 7||W 20–7|
|November 2||No. 4 Minnesota||No. 8||L 12–13|
|November 9||Illinois||No. 10||W 32–14|
|November 16||at No. 6 Michigan||No. 10||L 13–20|
|November 23||No. 14 Notre Dame*||No. 10||W 20–0|
- Alf Bauman – tackle (consensus 1st-team All-American; 1st-team All-Big Ten selection by AP and UP)
- Ollie Hahnenstein – halfback (2nd-team All-Big Ten selection by AP and UP)
- Paul Hiemenz – center (1st-team All-Big Ten selection by AP and UP)
- Joe Lokane – guard (1st-team All-Big Ten selection by AP and UP)
- ↑ "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 147. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=6.
- ↑ "Northwestern Yearly Results (1935-1939)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/northwestern/1940-1944_yearly_results.php. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- ↑ "1940 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1940-schedule.html. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
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