Northwestern Wildcats

The School

On May 30, 1850, nine men gathered to discuss a school to serve the Northwest Territory. Five years later, Northwestern held classes for 10 students with 2 faculty. 27 years later they played their first football game.

The Mascot

The first mascot was a live, caged bear cub from the Lincoln Park Zoo named Furpaw. After a losing season, Furpaw was blamed for bringing bad luck. The following year, a Chicago Tribune reporter described the players as "Wildcats [that] had come down from Evanston."

At A Glance

Last Game

Next Game

David Braun
559-697-41
8
0
Dec 23, 2023
Utah
14-7 W
Allegiant Stadium
Aug 31, 2024
Miami (OH)
Unknown

Season Summary

Season Record Week 1
Rank (AP)
Final Rank
(AP/CFP)
Conf
Champs
Nat
Champs
2023 8-5
2022 1-11
2021 3-9
2020 7-2 #15/14
2019 3-9
2018 9-5 #-/22
2017 10-3 #-/21
2016 7-6
2015 10-3 #12/13
2014 5-7
2013 5-7
2012 10-3
2011 6-7
2010 7-6
2009 8-5
2008 9-4
2007 6-6
2006 4-8
2005 7-5
2004 6-6
2003 6-7
2002 3-9
2001 4-7
2000 8-4
1999 3-8
1998 3-9
1997 5-7
1996 9-3
1995 10-2
1994 3-7
1993 2-9
1992 3-8
1991 3-8
1990 2-9
1989 0-11
1988 2-8
1987 2-8
1986 4-7
1985 3-8
1984 2-9
1983 2-9
1982 3-8
1981 0-11
1980 0-11
1979 1-10
1978 0-10
1977 1-10
1976 1-10
1975 3-8
1974 3-8
1973 4-7
1972 2-9
1971 7-4 #20
1970 6-4
1969 3-7
1968 1-9
1967 3-7
1966 3-6
1965 4-6
1964 3-6
1963 5-4
1962 7-2
1961 4-5
1960 5-4
1959 6-3
1958 5-4
1957 0-9
1956 4-4
1955 0-8
1954 2-7
1953 3-6
1952 2-6
1951 5-4
1950 6-3
1949 4-5
1948 8-2
1947 3-6
1946 4-4
1945 4-4
1944 1-7
1943 6-2
1942 1-9
1941 5-3
1940 6-2
1939 3-4
1938 4-2
1937 4-4
1936 7-1
1935 4-3
1934 3-5
1933 1-6
1932 3-4
1931 7-1
1930 7-1
1929 6-3
1928 5-3
1927 4-4
1926 7-1
1925 5-3
1924 4-4
1923 2-6
1922 3-3
1921 1-6
1920 3-4
1919 2-5
1918 2-2
1917 5-2
1916 7-1
1915 2-5
1914 1-6
1913 1-6
1912 2-3
1911 3-4
1910 1-3
1909 1-3
1908 2-2
1905 8-2
1904 8-2
1903 10-1
1902 6-6
1901 8-2
1900 7-2
1899 7-6
1898 9-4
1897 5-3
1896 6-1
1895 6-5
1894 4-5
1893 2-5
1892 6-4
1891 0-1
1890 1-0
Team
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