Bowl eligibility is at stake during Saturday afternoon's matchup between in-state rivals, as the Northwestern Wildcats host the Illinois Fighting Illini in the regular-season finale for both Big Ten Conference teams at Ryan Field.
The winner also takes home the Land of Lincoln Trophy, which replaced the 62- year-old Tomahawk Trophy in 2009. Illinois leads the all-time series, 54-48-5, although the teams have split the last four meetings.
Northwestern has recovered from a four-game slide by winning two straight. After going on the road and beating 15th-ranked Notre Dame two weeks ago, the Wildcats kept the momentum going with a 38-14 win at Purdue last Saturday.
Illinois notched a 16-14 win over Penn State on David Reisner's 36-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining. It was a much needed victory for a Fighting Illini squad that entered that game on the losing end of five of their previous six contests. But they are 0-4 on the road; a notable trend as they attempt to end a two-year bowl drought.
>>TCU Dominates Texas
Trevone Boykin threw two touchdown passes and ran for another and No. 6 TCU made a statement with a 48-10 road win over Texas on Thursday.
Boykin completed 20-of-34 for 233 yards and carried the ball 12 times for 50 in TCU's sixth straight win. Aaron Green ran for 73 yards and a touchdown and Josh Doctson made seven receptions for 115 and a score.
TCU (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) will need a win next week in its regular-season finale against Iowa State and help in order to sneak into the Top 4 of college football's inaugural playoff.
Tyrone Swoopes passed for 200 yards and a touchdown but was picked off a career-worst four times, as Texas (6-6, 5-4) saw its three-game win streak come to an end.