There won't be nearly as much hype this weekend. No "Gameday," no nighttime atmosphere, few columns about the fate of the program riding on one game.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was right to call Saturday night's showdown between his Wildcats and the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes a "heavyweight fight."
Despite its 40-30 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night, Northwestern only fell three spots to No. 19 in the latest AP poll.
For the first time this season, Big Ten play is in full swing. After three prelude games over the past couple weeks, there will be five matchups between two Big Ten teams.