They needed some outside help, but Northwestern’s win over Iowa on Saturday clinched their spot in the Big Ten title game as the winners of the West.

Fitz said after the game he didn’t know about it until the customary post game handshake before shaking hands with Kirk Ferentz. Here’s the moment Fitz told his team.

In an effort to both celebrate the occasion and get students to the game, the university is providing undergrad students a free ticket to the game on December 1st, as well as transportation. All they need to do is wait for an email to arrive in their inbox and click a link to claim the perks, according to the Chicago Tribune.

While some coaches are complaining about their home game attendance or their student section leaving too early, redit Northwestern for reaching into their pockets and finding a creative way to get their students at that Big Ten title game.

Michigan and their swarming defense lead the Big Ten East currently, with a big match up with Ohio State on tap next weekend to close the season that will determine who heads to Indianapolis to take on Fitz and the Wildcats.

Head here to read the full piece from the Tribune.

If anyone out there believes that Northwestern doesn’t have anything left to play for with Minnesota on the docket this weekend since they’ve already punched their ticket to Indy, Pat Fitzgerald has a message for you:

“We’ll rest and recharge, or whatever you want to call it, in January. This is football. This is not NBA basketball or Major league baseball.”

Watching Fitz lead his guys in that Big Ten Championship, whoever their opponent happens to be, should be fun.