William Weinbaum ESPN
Having clinched its 1st .500 or better Big Ten season since 2004 & 2nd since 1968, N'western is at Illinois Tue., trying to avenge a loss in Evanston & reach 21 wins for the 1st time. It also would tie a Wildcats record 6th conf. road W -- set in '31, when they went 16-1 & 11-1 and won the Big Ten & Helms Fndtn. national titles. Their only L was 35-28 at home vs. the Illini, after a 29-27 road W.