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The Northwestern Wildcats began playing football in 1876, but it wasn't until 1882 that it became more than an intramural sport. The Wildcats were a charter member of the Big Ten Conference when it was founded in 1896.

Northwestern has had mixed success as a football program. The Wildcats won their first and only bowl game at the 1949 Rose Bowl they went to in 1949, but have only attended seven bowl games since then. On the other hand, Northwestern has earned eight conference championships, with their last coming in 2000. The Wildcats also held a #1 ranking during parts of the 1936 and 1962 seasons.

Ryan Field Tickets

The Northwestern University Wildcats have called the facility at Ryan Field home since it opened in 1926. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the field was called Dyche Stadium until it was renamed in 1997 to honor Northwestern Board of Trustee member Patrick Ryan. When the stadium was built, its two semi-circular grandstands were considered the finest stadium design in the country. Configured to bring fans close to the field, Ryan Field has retained its original design despite renovations that have increased its capacity to 47,130.

Northwestern Wildcats Rivalries

The Northwestern Wildcats have an intense rivalry with the Illinois Fighting Illini since 1892, and both schools play annually in the Big Ten Conference. Previously, the Sioux Tomahawk Trophy was awarded to the winning team. However, the teams now compete for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. Since the Lincoln Trophy's inauguration in 2009, each team has won it twice. Despite the 2-2 trophy tie, Illinois holds a slight 46-52-5 record over Northwestern.

Overall, Northwestern has won eight conference championships, the most recent of which occurred in back to back seasons in 1995 and 1996.

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