|2016 Northwestern Wildcats football|
Pinstripe Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|2016 record||7–6 (5–4 Big Ten)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mick McCall (9th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Mike Hankwitz (9th season)|
|Base defense||Multiple 4–3|
|Home stadium||Ryan Field|
|2016 Big Ten Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Penn State xy$||8||–||1||11||–||3|
|No. 6 Ohio State x^||8||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 10 Michigan||7||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 9 Wisconsin xy||7||–||2||11||–||3|
|Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team represented Northwestern University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by Pat Fitzgerald who is in his 11th season as the team's head coach. The Wildcats home games were played at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.
Northwestern announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Wildcats will host Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, and will travel to Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue.
The team will host all three non–conference games which are against the Duke Blue Devils from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Illinois State Redbirds from the Missouri Valley Conference, and the Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
|September 3||11:00 a.m.||Western Michigan*||ESPNU||L 21–22||30,635|
|September 10||2:30 p.m.||No. 10 (FCS) Illinois State*||BTN||L 7–9||30,748|
|September 17||7:00 p.m.||Duke*||BTN||W 24–13||34,464|
|September 24||6:30 p.m.||No. 20 Nebraska||BTN||L 13–24||40,284|
|October 1||11:00 a.m.||at Iowa||ESPNU||W 38–31||67,047|
|October 15||2:30 p.m.||at Michigan State||BTN||W 54–40||75,625|
|October 22||11:00 a.m.||Indiana||BTN||W 24–14||35,417|
|October 29||2:30 p.m.||at No. 6 Ohio State||ESPN||L 20–24||107,296|
|November 5||11:00 a.m.||No. 8 Wisconsin||ABC||L 7–21||42,016|
|November 12||11:00 a.m.||at Purdue||BTN||W 45–17||30,548|
|November 19||2:30 p.m.||at Minnesota||BTN||L 12–29||38,162|
|November 26||11:00 a.m.||Illinois||BTN||W 42–21||30,022|
|December 28||1:00 p.m.||vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh*||ESPN||W 31–24||37,918|
- Schedule Source:
|#10 (FCS) Redbirds||0||6||0||3||9|
at Michigan State
at Ohio State
|2016 Northwestern Wildcats football team roster|
Awards and honors
|Ifeadi Odenigbo||Co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week||October 3, 2016|||
|Justin Jackson||Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week||October 17, 2016|||
|Solomon Vault||Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week||October 17, 2016|||
|John Moten IV||Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week||November 12, 2016|||
|John Moten IV||Big Ten Freshman of the Week||November 29, 2016|||
|Austin Carr||Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year||November 30, 2016|||
- "B1G RELEASES NINE-GAME CONFERENCE SCHEDULES FOR 2016, 2017" (Press release). Northwestern University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "2016 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
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- "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
- Pereles, Zach (2016-11-30). "Austin Carr wins Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award". Inside NU. Retrieved 2016-12-16.