No. 5 Northwestern (9-3, 5-3)

The 50-14 win over Illinois was a nice way to cap the program’s first nine-victory season since 2008. Now the Wildcats appear headed toward a New Year’s Day bowl in Florida for the first time since an Outback Bowl trip after the 2009 season.
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