Northwestern is preparing for its first-ever appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game, and thousands of students are ready to support their Wildcats.


Head coach Pat Fitzgerald told reporters that 50 buses of students are headed to Indianapolis for the showdown with sixth-ranked Ohio State.

According to the school, Campus Life partnered with Athletics & Recreation and an anonymous donor to provide tickets and travel for nearly 3,000 students.

The Big Ten title is the ultimate test for Fitzgerald, who has regularly outperformed his situation. Northwestern is a 14.5-point underdog against Ohio State but often gives top-ranked teams a four-quarter fight.

It’s safe to suggest there will be plenty of noise from the Northwestern students headed to Lucas Oil Stadium.