Northwestern & Illinois to Play With Backyard Football Rules at Wrigley Field

Northwestern & Illinois to Play With Backyard Football Rules at Wrigley Field

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Northwestern & Illinois to Play With Backyard Football Rules at Wrigley Field

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This week’s highly anticipated matchup between Northwestern and Illinois has caused a fair bit of controversy, mostly revolving around the most-talked about end zone in recent memory.

Northwestern Illinois end zone

Now, the two teams will play by the same “Losers Walk” rules we all used as kids.

Today, the Big Ten announced some rule changes that were necessitated by the unique layout challenges posed by squeezing a football gridiron into Wrigley Field; some normal rules were waived by agreement in order to maximize safety for the players:

1) All offensive plays will head toward the West end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.

2) All kickoffs will be kicked toward the East end zone.

3) After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the West end zone.

I’m not really sure what idiot in the Northwestern athletic department can’t operate a tape measure, but you’d think someone would have thought this threw before trying to turn Wrigley Field into the Arena Football League.

[SB Nation Chicago]

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