Western Michigan (0-2) at No. 17 Northwestern (2-0), 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Line: Northwestern by 31.

Series record: First meeting.


Northwestern is simply trying to keep the momentum going after winning at California and pounding Syracuse 48-27 at home last week. The Wildcats host Maine next week and are off before Ohio State visits Ryan Field on Oct. 5, a huge test for a team that wants to show it can beat the best in the Big Ten. So far, the Wildcats are looking good. They're averaging 46 points and 544½ yards. Western Michigan is trying to regroup after losing to an FCS school, Nicholls State.


Northwestern's passing game vs. Western Michigan's secondary. The Wildcats opened up the offense last week, picking up 581 yards in all on the way to an easy victory over the Orange. Western Michigan has not allowed a passing touchdown.


Western Michigan: QB Tyler Van Tubbergen will try to bounce back after being intercepted at the goal line in the final minute last week, sealing a 27-23 loss to Nicholls State. Brian Fields ran for three touchdowns last week, and Dareyon Chance finished with 123 yards rushing.

Northwestern: QBs Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter looked sharp against Syracuse last week. Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one after leaving the season-opener with a concussion.


Northwestern is averaging 337 yards passing and 207.5 rushing, while the defense already has seven interceptions. The Wildcats had four last week, with S Traveon Henry and DL Dean Lowry each coming away with their first career interception. ... Tony Jones set a career high with 185 yards receiving last week. ... This is the second of three games against Big Ten teams for Western Michigan, which opened with a loss at Michigan State and visits Iowa next week.