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:
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- 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.