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2007 Northwestern Wildcats football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2007 record6–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachPat Fitzgerald (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorGarrick McGee (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Colby (6th season)
CaptainTonjua Jones[1]
CaptainAdam Kadela
CaptainReggie McPherson
CaptainTrevor Rees
Home stadiumRyan Field (Capacity: 47,130)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5/4 Ohio State   7 1         11 2  
#18/19 Michigan   6 2         9 4  
#20/18 Illinois   6 2         9 4  
#24/21 Wisconsin   5 3         9 4  
#NR/25 Penn State   0* 4         0* 4  
Iowa   4 4         6 6  
Purdue   3 5         8 5  
Indiana   3 5         7 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 6  
Minnesota   0 8         1 11  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative

The 2007 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University in the Big Ten Conference during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Pat Fitzgerald, in his second season at Northwestern, was the team's head coach. The Wildcats played their homes games at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

Before the beginning of the 2007 season, Northwestern showed potential for improvement upon the previous year's record. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach stated that Northwestern has the seventh easiest schedule in college football, [2] and SI.com's Steve Megargee claimed that Indiana was the only Big Ten school with an easier schedule.[3] Running back Tyrell Sutton was one of 64 players in college football to be put on the Maxwell Award watch list for the nation's best college football player.[4]

The Wildcats began the season with their first shutout since 1997 in a 27–0 win against the Northeastern Huskies.[5] On October 7, quarterback C. J. Bachér broke Brett Basanez's school record for single-game passing yards by throwing for 520 yards in a victory over Michigan State. Bachér went on to be named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week.[6] Another strong performance in a win against Minnesota earned Bachér Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row.[7]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 111:00 AMNortheastern*BTNW 27–016,199
September 811:00 AMNevada*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 36–3117,653
September 157:00 PMDuke*
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 14–2023,716
September 222:30 PMat No. 8 Ohio StateABC/ESPNL 7–58105,178
September 2911:00 AMMichigan
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNL 16–2840,604
October 611:00 AMat Michigan StateBTNW 48–41 OT67,378
October 1311:00 AMMinnesota
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
BTNW 49–48 2OT23,314
October 196:00 PMat Eastern Michigan*ESPNUW 26–1410,000
October 2711:00 AMat PurdueBTNL 17–3558,237
November 311:00 AMIowa
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPN2L 17–2830,173
November 1011:00 AMIndiana
  • Ryan Field
  • Evanston, IL
ESPNCW 31–2820,466
November 1711:00 AMat No. 20 IllinoisESPNL 22–4154,116
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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