|1961 Northwestern Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1961 record||4–5 (2–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Ara Parseghian (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Dyche Stadium|
|1961 Big Ten football standings|
|#2/2 Ohio State †||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|#8/9 Michigan State||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1961 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1961 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach Ara Parseghian, the Wildcats compiled a 4–5 record (2–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.
The team's offensive leaders were Tom O'Grady with 322 passing yards, Bill Swingle with 476 rushing yards, and Willie Stinson with 158 receiving yards.
|September 30||Boston College*||W 45–0|
|October 7||at Illinois||W 28–7|
|October 14||Minnesota||L 3–10|
|October 21||No. 7 Ohio State||L 0–10|
|October 28||at No. 8 Notre Dame*||W 12–10|
|November 4||Indiana||W 14–8|
|November 11||Wisconsin||L 10–29|
|November 18||at No. 9 Michigan State||L 13–21|
|November 24||at Miami (FL)*||L 6–10|
- "Year-by-Year Results" (PDF). 2007. p. 148. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nw/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/nu-mg-07-history.pdf#page=7.
- "Northwestern Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/n/northwestern/1960-1964_yearly_results.php. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
- "1961 Northwestern Wildcats Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1961-schedule.html. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- "1961 Northwestern Wildcats Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/northwestern/1961.html. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
|25px||This article about a sports team in Illinois is a stub. You can help The American Football Database by expanding it.|
|This college football season article is a stub. You can help The American Football Database by expanding it.|