Northwestern turns focus to Big Ten title as conference play starts

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With each week the Northwestern Wildcats have won over more believers. As Big Ten conference play gears up this weekend, the Wildcats are focused on a conference title.

Northwestern takes on Minnesota Saturday in Evanston. Despite Northwestern’s impressive 4-0 start, the team is putting their early success behind them to focus on a new goal, a Big Ten championship.

After early tests against Stanford at home and Duke on the road, Minnesota shouldn’t be the most difficult opponent Northwestern has faced. However, they do present a new challenge for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats.

For the first time this season against a Power 5 opponent, Northwestern will be the favorite. How Northwestern responds with the pressure to win may determine their season outlook.

The Wildcats haven’t won even a share of the Big Ten since 2000. They haven’t won the conference outright since 1995, as they would have to this year, when they went to the Rose Bowl.

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