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How to watch Wisconsin vs. Northwestern: Game time, TV schedule, Week 6 TV Guide

Here's your gameday companion for the Badgers' first trip to Evanston since 2009.

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UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Now that it's game time for Wisconsin-Northwestern, I'm bumping the college football-wide TV schedule to the top here.

TIME (CT) Matchup TV
11 a.m. Ball State vs. Army
11 a.m. (20) Ohio State @ Maryland ABC
11 a.m. Florida @ Tennessee SECN
11 a.m. Purdue @ Illinois ESPN2/WATCHESPN
11 a.m. (6) Texas A&M @ (12) Mississippi State ESPN/WATCHESPN
11 a.m. Iowa State @ (21) Oklahoma State FS1
11 a.m. Marshall @ Old Dominion FSN
11 a.m. Southern Miss @ Middle Tennessee AMSN
11 a.m. Southern Methodist @ (22) East Carolina ESPNU/WATCHESPN
11:30 a.m. Virginia Tech @ North Carolina ESPN3/ACCN
1 p.m. Eastern Michigan @ Akron ESPN3
1:30 p.m. North Texas @ Indiana BTN/BTN2
1:30 p.m. Massachusetts @ Miami (OH) ESPN3
2 p.m. Tulsa @ Colorado State
2:30 p.m. North Carolina State @ Clemson ESPNU/WATCHESPN
2:30 p.m. Wake Forest @ (1) Florida State ABC/ESPN3
2:30 p.m. (14) Stanford @ (9) Notre Dame NBC
2:30 p.m. (17) Wisconsin @ Northwestern ESPN2/WATCHESPN
2:30 p.m. (3) Alabama @ (11) Mississippi CBS
2:30 p.m. (4) Oklahoma @ (25) TCU FOX
2:30 p.m. (7) Baylor @ Texas ABC
2:30 p.m. Navy @ Air Force CBSS
2:30 p.m. New Mexico @ Texas-San Antonio AMSN
2:30 p.m. Buffalo @ Bowling Green ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Ohio @ Central Michigan ESPN3
3 p.m. Vanderbilt @ (13) Georgia SECN
3 p.m. Kansas @ West Virginia FSN
3 p.m. Oregon State @ Colorado PAC12
4 p.m. Kent State @ Northern Illinois ESPN3
5 p.m. South Alabama @ Appalachian State ESPN3
6 p.m. Michigan @ Rutgers BTN
6 p.m. (15) LSU @ (5) Auburn ESPN/WATCHESPN
6 p.m. Texas Tech @ (23) Kansas State ESPNU/WATCHESPN
6 p.m. UTEP @ Louisiana Tech FCS
6 p.m. UAB @ Western Kentucky
6 p.m. Hawaii @ Rice AMSN
6 p.m. Toledo @ Western Michigan ESPN3
6 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe @ Arkansas State ESPN3
6 p.m. Georgia State @ Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN3
6 p.m. Idaho @ Texas State ESPN3
6 p.m. Memphis @ Cincinnati CBSS
6:30 p.m. Miami (FL) @ Georgia Tech ESPN2/WATCHESPN
6:30 p.m. South Carolina @ Kentucky SECN
6:30 p.m. Pittsburgh @ Virginia ESPN3
6:30 p.m. Arizona State @ (16) USC FOX
7 p.m. (19) Nebraska @ (10) Michigan State ABC
7 p.m. UNLV @ San Jose State ESNN
7 p.m. Georgia Southern @ New Mexico State ESPN3
9:30 p.m. Utah @ (8) UCLA ESPN/WATCHESPN
9:30 p.m. California @ Washington State PAC12
9:30 p.m. Boise State @ Nevada CBSS


After an eventful, sort-of underwhelming non-conference slate, the Wisconsin Badgers begin Big Ten play Saturday afternoon at Northwestern. The Badgers (3-1) have won their last two games against the Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten), but they haven't won in Evanston since 1999.

Here's the recent head-to-head results since then; all-time, Wisconsin is 56-32-4 against Northwestern.

Date School Opponent Pts Opp Streak
Oct 4, 2014 Wisconsin @ Northwestern 1
Oct 12, 2013 Wisconsin Northwestern W 35 6 W 2
Nov 27, 2010 Wisconsin Northwestern W 70 23 W 1
Nov 21, 2009 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 31 33 L 1
Oct 7, 2006 Wisconsin Northwestern W 41 9 W 1
Oct 8, 2005 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 48 51 L 1
Oct 23, 2004 Wisconsin Northwestern W 24 12 W 1
Oct 25, 2003 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 7 16 L 2
Sep 23, 2000 Wisconsin Northwestern L 44 47 L 1
Oct 30, 1999 Wisconsin @ Northwestern W 35 19 W 3

When and where is the game?

The Badgers and Wildcats will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Wisconsin has defeated Western Illinois, Bowling Green and South Florida, but lost to LSU in its season opener. Northwestern has defeated Western Illinois and Penn State, but lost to Cal and Northern Illinois.

The Badgers will be wearing their standard all-white away uniforms; we're still waiting to hear which combination the Wildcats will be sporting. It seems likely that they'll wear their standard home uniforms, though they did wear white pants in their last home game vs. Western Illinois.

Northwestern home uniforms 2012 vs. NIU

Photo: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

How can I watch the game?

The game will air on ESPN2. That means you can also watch it online with ESPN's streaming option, WatchESPN. There is also a WatchESPN app for Android and iOS users. WatchESPN is free, as long as as you have a cable subscription that includes ESPN. You will need to login with your cable account information to watch the game.

The announcers for the game will be Eamon McAnaney, David Diaz-Infante and Dawn Davenport.

How can I listen to the game?

As usual, the Badger Sports Network will carry the game. Here is a list of all the Wisconsin affiliate stations. Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Patrick Herb once again have the call.

What should I know about the game?

A lot! For one, as mentioned above, it's Wisconsin's Big Ten opener. Northwestern is also always so dang pesky.

For the Badgers, there's also a chance Joel Stave will play. The junior quarterback was shut down for all of September after dealing with "the yips," a mental block that disrupted his throwing motion and made typically routine passes difficult. Coach Gary Andersen confirmed Stave is Wisconsin's No. 2 quarterback this weekend behind Tanner McEvoy.

Here's a collection of our best previews from the week:

I'm going to the game! How in the world do you tailgate in the Evanston?

Be cool -- B5Q's Drew Hamm has you covered with an insanely thorough list of bars and breweries throughout Chicago you should try. The most important thing you should know?

I'm sure most of you that are traveling to Chicago have already made plans for where you are going to stay, but if you haven't, DON'T STAY IN EVANSTON! It is super easy to get to Evanston via train from downtown Chicago. There is nothing you can do in Evanston that isn't five times better to do in Chicago (and five times more expensive, but I digress).

What else is going on in the Big Ten today?

A lot! Across college football, this is the first Big Weekend of the season. Yes, the Big Ten still sucks, but here's who's playing:

11:00 PM Purdue vs. Illinois ESPN2/WatchESPN
11:00 PM #20 Ohio State vs. Maryland ABC
1:30 PM North Texas vs. Indiana BTN
2:30 PM #17 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern ESPN2/WatchESPN
6:00 PM Michigan vs. Rutgers BTN
7:00 PM #19 Nebraska vs. #10 Michigan State ABC

The biggest games are Ohio State-Maryland (Ohio State's getting better by the week, Maryland is explosive and an upset would really mess with the Big Ten East), Wisconsin-Northwestern (of course!) and Nebraska-Michigan State (this might be the best game on the whole Big Ten calendar this season -- the winner could very well be in pole position to win the conference championship game in December).