As anticipated, the B1G announced its primetime schedule for the 2013 football slate and Northwestern will be getting the primetime treatment for the October 5 game at Ryan Field. The ‘Cats will be playing at 7pm ct that night on either ABC/ESPN or ESPN2 in a game that will be a sellout the instant single game tickets go on sale. Many ‘Cats fans, assuming both teams can reach that game undefeated, are anticipating a potential ESPN Gameday appearance, which would be the ‘Cats third in school history. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach just placed Ohio State as his preseason #1, while Northwestern is ranked #24 in his well-dubbed “way too early Top 25”. While most ‘Cats fans look at this game as one of the very few that we’ll expect to lose, we do expect to compete in this one. There would be something magical about a #1 Ohio State returning to Evanston in primetime.
LTP has learned the ‘Cats-Syracuse game will also be a night game on BTN. There is speculation, although unconfirmed that a third night game, a non-conference game, could also bring out the lights. In addition to the Ohio State game opening up the B1G season for Northwestern, it also is Homecoming in Evanston. Jim Phillips has moved up the push for night games in recent years as it has bumped attendance and been very well received by fans. Of course, NU fans will note the only time we’ve downed Ohio State in the past 40 years was under the lights in 2004 at Ryan Field in an OT thriller. May history repeat itself.
It’s another reminder for you to rattle your friends to cough up for season tickets which start at $151, or, likely below market price for this game alone. Call 888-GO-Purple, ask for Mike Zoller and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got 72 NEW season ticket holders on board and are aiming for 200 this season.
Pats Cut Jeremy Ebert
Our man, #11, has been let go by the New England Patriots. I thought Jeremy Ebert would crack the lineup with Wes Welker departing, yet the 7th round 2012 NFL Draft pick will have to latch on elsewhere. Best of luck to Jeremy.