Healthy Wolverines roll into East Lansing

Originally Published: October 29, 2003
By Herb Gould | Special to
With a 16-7 upset of Wisconsin, its biggest win in at least a couple of years, Northwestern didn't simply give its homecoming crowd a lot to cheer about. The Wildcats also turned themselves into a team that has a legitimate chance to become the Big Ten's eighth bowl-eligible team.

NU faces difficult games against Purdue and Michigan, but could qualify for a bowl trip if it handles its other remaining opponents, at home against Penn State and on the road at Illinois. And the bowl-rich Big Ten, which has seven bowl tie-ins, stands a good chance of securing eight bowl bids if it qualifies eight teams. The Big Ten has sent seven teams to bowls five times, including last year, but eight bowl-bound teams would be a record.