Brain Bowl? Stanford, Northwestern agree to series

Stanford and Northwestern, two of the premier academic institutions playing football in automatic qualifying conferences, have scheduled a four-game series that will begin in 2019, it was announced Wednesday.

The academic Rose Bowl?

The games will be played in four consecutive seasons, with the first matchup scheduled for Sept. 14, 2019, in Evanston, Ill. The series will then shift to Stanford for the 2020 campaign. The 2021 game will be contested on Sept. 18 in Evanston before moving back to Stanford Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022.

"We are very excited to be commencing a football series with Northwestern," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "Like Stanford, Northwestern is an elite academic institution, from a great conference with a major football program. Pat Fitzgerald and Jim Phillips also reprint the best values in intercollegiate athletics so they are the kind of people with whom we like to compete."

Stanford and Northwestern have played six times previously, with Stanford holding a 3-1-2 advantage in the series. The two schools last met in 1994, as the Cardinal and Wildcats played to a 41-41 tie in Evanston. Other meetings occurred in 1933 (0-0), 1934 (20-0 Stanford), 1957 (26-6 Stanford), 1958 (28-0 Northwestern) and 1992 (35-24 Stanford).