‘Cats B1G Home Opener With Ohio State Gets Night Game, ABC/ESPN treatment

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 laketheposts@gmail.com. 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.

  • Cjw

    We should get permanent lights at Ryan Field. I always feel as if the temporaries are precarious and unsightly

    • cebpd

      You are aware both Michigan and Ohio State have temporary lights?

      • Mark

        Michigan put in permanent lights several years ago because of 3:30 start times (getting dark and portable lights not great), traffic issues caused by portable light trucks on the street, and because they had the money, $1.8 million, to do it.

    • Ron

      It wouldn’t surprise me if it would require a major (expensive) retrofit to the stadium to add permanent lights, especially on the East Side. That money could likely be better spent elsewhere.

  • cece

    enough with the lights discussion. how will we fill those seats with purple? once again, national coverage, and I wonder, will the stadium once again be filled with red, screaming so loud that our offense has problems. (note, practice for that.)

    what, exactly, is the marketing department doing to fill it with purple for this and every game?

    • cebpd

      Why don’t we just mandate that fans HAVE to wear purple when sitting in designated sections, and they will be removed if they do not wear Purple?

      • cece

        I do wonder about how other schools do those very cool events where everyone in a section wears a particular color. bottom line, we need more of our fans and not opposition fans, who always seem to wear their dominant colors.

  • Icehockeycat

    Totally off-topic to this thread, but over at Frank the Tank, there is a very good discussion going on in the threads about the value of “non-revenue” sports via BTN, and how those may turn into “revenue” sports. Lax and ice hockey getting lots of love. Seems the issue goes from “recurring costs” of running the program (the big issue before) to now just being start-up costs for sports. For NU, it seems the biggest issue to adding a men’s lax program is title iX (would have to drop a different mens or add a womens) and ice hockey simply start up costs. I now have my hopes very slightly up for a refurb/new welsh-ryan to at least add the pipes for ice