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1945 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1945 record4–4–1 (3–3–1 Big Ten)
Head coachPappy Waldorf (11th season)
MVPDick Conners
CaptainMax Morris[1]
Home stadiumDyche Stadium
Seasons
← 1944
1946 →
1945 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Indiana 5 0 1     9 0 1
#6 Michigan 5 1 0     7 3 0
#12 Ohio State 5 2 0     7 2 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 3 3 0     7 3 0
Wisconsin 2 3 1     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 5 0     4 5 0
Iowa 1 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1945 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1945 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 11th year under head coach Pappy Waldorf, the Wildcats compiled a 4–4–1 record (3–3–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference.[2] End Max Morris and guard Jim Lecture were selected by both the Associated Press and United Press as first-team players on the 1945 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3][4] Morris was also selected as a consensus first-team All-American.[5]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 22Iowa State*W 18–6
September 29Indiana
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
T 7–7
October 6Michigan
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
L 7–20
October 20at No. 5 MinnesotaL 7–30
October 27No. 4 Purdue
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois
W 26–14
November 3at No. 6 Ohio StateNo. 20L 14–16
November 10at WisconsinW 28–14
November 17No. 7 Notre Dame*
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois (Rivalry)
L 7–34
November 24Illinois
  • Dyche Stadium
  • Evanston, Illinois (Rivalry)
W 13–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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