Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl today announced a friendly wager with Auburn, Alabama Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. betting that the Northwestern University Wildcats (the Big Ten Conference representative) will win over Auburn University (the Southeastern Conference representative) in the 24th Annual Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year’s Day.
“This is the first time I have ever made a bet with another mayor,” said Mayor Tisdahl. “NU has a great team, a great record and now they are going to a bowl game this year. We wish them luck and we are confident that they will return home with a victory.”
The bet that Mayor Tisdahl made with the Mayor of Auburn is that if Northwestern wins the bowl game that the Auburn City Council would all have to wear Northwestern t-shirts to one of their City Council meetings and that the Evanston City Council would have to wear Auburn t-shirts to their council meeting in the event that Northwestern lost.
“I am confident that Coach Pat Fitzgerald will lead us to victory on New Year’s Day and Auburn’s City Council will be donning NU purple in January,” added Mayor Tisdahl.
Northwestern is making its eighth postseason appearance, and its seventh since the 1995 season. The Wildcats are playing for the third time on New Year’s Day since 1996. This is the second time that Northwestern has faced an SEC team in a bowl game.
Northwestern gained its bowl berth by producing an eight-win season and finishing the season with three straight wins, including a pair of victories over nationally ranked Iowa and Wisconsin. Northwestern, which received several votes in all the final regular-season polls, finished in a fourth-place tie in the Big Ten Conference with a 5-3 record. The Outback Bowl pits the third selection from the Big Ten vs. the third selection from the SEC. Auburn finished 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC West.