William Weinbaum ESPN
If Big Ten West champ N'western (7-4, 7-1) — winner of 10 straight in West — beats Illinois in Evanston Sat. for that rivalry's Land of Lincoln Trophy, NU will have its 2nd 8-win season & 2nd 15-1 run in the conference. NU was 8-0 in 1995 & 7-1 in ‘96 (back-to-back conf. titles). NU faces Mich. or Ohio St. 12/1 for the conf. title.