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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ball State Cardinals: Start time, TV coverage, how to watch online, betting line, more

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Now up to No. 17 in the nation, Northwestern and its staunch defense host Ball State at Ryan Field on Saturday night. The Cardinals are 2-1 on the young season, with wins over VMI and Eastern Michigan and a loss to Texas A&M. This is the Wildcats' final tuneup before Big Ten play begins next week against Minnesota.

Here's what you need to know ahead of kickoff:

Broadcast information below. All gameweek content can be found here.


  • Northwestern's early-week depth chart remained relatively unchanged from last week's win at Duke, but with senior wide receiver Cameron Dickerson off the injury report, there could be a shake up in the pass-catcher rotation.
  • While Northwestern shouldn't have much trouble with Ball State, there are a few scenarios where the Wildcats could see trouble.
  • We previewed the matchup with a little help from our friends over at the MAC-centric blog, Hustle Belt.
  • The Wildcats will be sporting black helmets and pants, along with the traditional purple jersey, and students arriving early enough will receive a glow-in-the-dark necklace and a shirt that plays off of Northwestern alum Stephen Colbert taking over the Late Show from Ball State alum David Letterman.
  • Finally, here are Inside NU's predictions for the game.
Broadcast Information

Kickoff time: 7 p.m. CT
TV: Big Ten Network
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Radio: WGN 720 AM, WNUR 89.3 FM
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Betting Line: Northwestern -17