Pat Fitzgerald spoke to the media on Monday following the 32- 14 loss to Purdue at Wrigley Field.

Now Northwestern will look to keep the Land of Lincoln Trophy in Evanston for the 7th year in-a-row with the Wildcats going on the road against their rival Illinois.

While this year hasn’t gone the way that Northwestern had hoped, Fitzgerald is still keeping a positive attitude about the future.

Fitzgerald also stated that while there are a lot of players doing well right now, the group needs to get better as a whole.

Lastly, Fitzgerald spoke about what it takes to beat a rival like Illinois. Stating that you have to prepare a lot differently than how you would for a normal game, comparing it to a bowl game.

Northwestern (3-8) and Illinois (4-7) fight for the Land of Lincoln Trophy at 3:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.