This week's game against Syracuse marks the 16th consecutive game in which NU has played an unranked opponent (either major poll), which is the longest such streak since at least 1995 (since 1995, the second longest such streak prior to this one was 8 (in 2006 and also in 2009).
NU is currently favored by 12; the Wildcats have won the last 9 games in which they have been double-digit favorites and 15 of the last 16 such games (dating back to 2004). Since 1995, NU is 26-8 (0.765) as a double-digit favorite.
Northwestern has won 13 consecutive home non-conference games and 19 of its last 21 (also dating back to 2004). In overall non-conference (regular season) play, the 'Cats are 24-5 under Fitz (0.826).
Fitz upped his record in season-openers to 8-0 with NU's win over Cal last week, but he's also not so shabby in week 2 of the season, going 6-1 so far (with the only loss coming in his first season at the helm). In the currently active 6 game win streak in week 2, NU's margin of victory is 12.8.
The Wildcats have won their last 4 games played on grass and 8 of the last 10 such games.
NU has beat the spread in the last 8 games and is 12-1 ATS in their last 13 games versus FBS opponents.
Northwestern has won 5 straight appearances on the Big Ten Network and 9 of the last 10; overall NU is 27-10 (0.730) when appearing on BTN.