Northwestern Football Schedules Non-Conference Games With Rice, Tulane, and South Dakota State

Northwestern Football Schedules Non-Conference Games With Rice, Tulane, and South Dakota State

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Northwestern Football Schedules Non-Conference Games With Rice, Tulane, and South Dakota State

Northwestern announced the dates of five non-conference games between 2020 and 2031.


A 2020 game was also re-scheduled, according to the press release.


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The Wildcats have booked their football calendar for years to come.

Northwestern football revealed today in a press release the dates of five future games, and announced the adjustment of another game.

The contests – all of which are out-of-conference games – are slated for dates between 2020 and 2031.

The soonest game, set to be held at Ryan Field on September 12, 2020 will come as part of a two-game series against Tulane of the American Athletic Conference. The second game of the series will come on the road in New Orleans on August 30, 2025.

A 2020 contest against Central Michigan will be pushed back one week to September 19, as the aforementioned game against Tulane will now occupy the September 12, 2020 slot.

Northwestern also established a distant two-game series with the Rice Owls of Conference USA. The pairing will first face-off on September 8, 2029 in Houston before the series will swing to Evanston on Sept. 6, 2031. Most of the freshman participating in the latter game just finished kindergarten. I know I’ll feel old when that game is played.

Northwestern also scheduled a rare game against an FCS opponent, South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits will visit Ryan Field for the first-ever time on Sept. 12, 2026. Wildcat fans may still have a sour taste left in their mouth from the last time Pat Fitzgerald’s squad played an FCS opponent, when they fell to Illinois State in a low-scoring stinker.

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