02. July 2008 · Comments Off on Their Long Journey to the Middle · Categories: Archive 2008

The Quad Blog over at the New York Times is running through its preseason college football capsules in what it calls The Quad Countdown. It’s worth checking out. Monday #60 Northwestern was featured with a few interesting factoids that I’ll pass along – enjoy these as you watch the clock crawl toward Thursday:

Tidbit: Northwestern and Penn State have the same Big Ten record over the last five years (19-21). This is the sixth-best mark in conference play since 2003, ahead of Minnesota and Michigan State (15-25), Indiana (9-31) and Illinois (8-32).

Tidbit (who knew edition): Only four Big Ten programs have had winning records against Northwestern since 1995: Ohio State (1-8), Michigan (3-8), Penn State (3-7) and Purdue (4-8). The Wildcats are at or above .500 against the rest of the conference: Indiana (7-2), Illinois (8-5), Iowa (6-5), Michigan State and Minnesota (5-4) and Wisconsin (5-5)

Tidbit (overtime edition): Northwestern is one of the best in the nation in overtime, tying Missouri for the most O.T. wins (8) in the F.B.S. since the division began playing the extra-session in 1996. The Wildcats are 7-0 at home and 4-0 in conference play when playing in overtime.

Michigan is also undefeated in overtime games since they added the rule, I actually witnessed the first four in person:

1. Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl
2. Penn State in 2002
3. MSU in the triple-overtime classic in 2004
4. Spartans again in 2005
5. Iowa in 2005

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