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Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival?

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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:43 AM

Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival? 


    Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival?

  1. Poll closed on 11/27/2012
  2. Illinois: 22 votes
  3. Iowa: 12 votes
  4. Stanford: 1 vote
  5. Wisconsin: 1 vote
  6. Other: 0 votes
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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:44 AM

Re: Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival? 


Fitz claimed yesterday that Illinois is Northwestern's greatest rival. Do you agree?
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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:30 AM

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Iowa, baby, Iowa!

Ni bhionn an rath ach mar a mbionn an smacht.

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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:58 AM

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BrianBoru wrote: Iowa, baby, Iowa!

Are you an Iowa fan?

Illinois is NU's #1 rival!!!
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Posted: 11/20/2012 9:25 AM

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Too many of NU's students come from out-of-state for the U of I matchup to mean alot. Moreover, I never met a single NU student who applied to U of I as anything but a backup school  and as Fitz has said, we seldom recruit against U of I. Perhaps most importantly, U of I and NU have seldom been good at the same time. When we have been good they have been bad, and vice versa. Our games against the Illini have frequently not mattered much. Conversely, our games against Iowa always seem to have been significant over the last 20 years. Now that the Hawkeyes and we are in the same division, the rivalry will only increase. I wonder whom Iowans see as their biggest rivals. I expect, given the first two years of an annual series, that a U of N and NU rivalry will develop in the next couple of decades. By 2032 the 'Huskers may be our biggest rivals. We certainly respect them and their fans - part of the basis for Barnett's choice of Iowa as a featured opponent back in the '90s.
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Posted: 11/20/2012 10:23 AM

RE: Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival? Post Rating (2 votes)


Io_a...

I'm not sure Illinois has a football team anymore.


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Posted: 11/20/2012 9:25 PM

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The only two things I love about Iowa are 1) Leaving the state, and 2) The Cats whipping their sorry asses.

Ni bhionn an rath ach mar a mbionn an smacht.

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Posted: 11/21/2012 4:59 PM

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BrianBoru wrote: The only two things I love about Iowa is 1) Leaving the state, and 2) The Cats whipping their sorry asses.
Couldn't have said it better.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:15 PM

RE: Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival? 


On (convenient) paper, Illinois.

In reality, Iowa.
NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
Top-12 finish in the conference each year
Stellar 2-9 bowl record
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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:35 PM

RE: Which school is Northwestern's greatest rival? 


Fitz broke his leg against Iowa (preventing him from playing in the Rose Bowl) and was apparently not recruited by them so there's certainly added incentive to want to beat the Hawkeyes every time

- enough, in fact, to counter the calming effects of the pink locker room in Iowa City :P
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