College football is finally back! The action will have football fans excited all over Chicago, and while this city doesn't have an official team, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch D-1 competition this fall.
The Northwestern Wildcats are coming off a fantastic 2012 season that finished with the team winning 10 games, defeating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, and owning a #16 ranking in the country.
The Wildcats will get back to work this fall with a strong home schedule. After opening the season at California, Northwestern will host four straight games in Evanston, highlighted by the Ohio State Buckeyes for Homecoming on October 5. Northwestern will host Michigan and Michigan State in November before the annual rivalry game with Illinois closes their regular season.
Illinois looks to bounce back from a tough 2012 campaign behind second year head coach Tim Beckman. The Fighting Illini will get a great opportunity for a fast start with their first four games being at "home." The third "home" game of the season will showcase the Illini against Washington at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Illinois will host Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Michigan State in October before Ohio State and Northwestern visit Memorial Stadium in November.
- For all of your Big Ten viewing, check out our Where To Watch series from this spring that featured Chicago area restaurants that cater to each team.
The Fighting Irish made the dramatic run to the BCS Championship Game last year, where they fell to repeat champion Alabama. With changes at quarterback and the losses of a few veterans to the NFL, the Irish will look to stay in the national title picture under head coach Brian Kelly.
The Irish will travel to Dallas, Texas for a "home" game when they host Arizona State in the annual Shamrock Series battle. Included in the home games being played in South Bend this fall are rival USC, Michigan State, Navy and Oklahoma.
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