Northwestern Football: Updated Bowl Game Projections

This year’s edition of Northwestern football wasn’t really easily identifiable, up until Saturday. Just like last season, the Wildcats found themselves in a win over the hated Iowa Hawkeyes. Last fall, the Cats woke up their offense from their doldrums in an impressive win in Iowa City.

Two days ago NU when a gritty, often painful to watch contest at home against the Hawks, and it was vintage 2015 Northwestern football. Remember that team? They tied the school record for wins, and they did it with defense, defense, defense, some rushing attack, and smoke and mirrors.

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Northwestern Football Winning Ugly, Like Much of B1G Right Now

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Northwestern football won a game that was gritty, grind-y, old school, throwback, black & blue and any other euphemism you can think of to describe an ugly game. Usually, the additional football you get in an overtime game is a fun and pleasant surprise. In this contest though, it kind of felt like a tie.  

They all count the same though, and this win puts the Northwestern football team in great position to go back to a bowl game.

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Iowa Football Game Preview: Week 7 at Northwestern Wildcats

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Every Iowa football fan knows all too well the wild card that is each and every game in the Northwestern series. Over the past two decades, anything can happen. The Hawkeyes have taken 11, while the Wildcats have won 9 in the last 20- almost dead even.

This season, both teams look like a side that will finish just above .500, and Saturday’s contest in Evanston might just determine who finishes the year 7-5, and who ends up 6-6. No wonder Las Vegas is so unsure about this game, and most sports books have labeled it a pick’em.

This one could really go either way.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 10-16-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet, plus the first quarter of results this NFL season. If you have issue with the order, well you have a lot of company. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were somewhat taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft, at least as much as we could at this point. It’s still very early for a mock draft right now. For the link to our NBA mock draft go here.

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Saquon Barkley: Heisman Front-Runner, in Mix For #1 NFL Draft Pick

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Wagering on the Heisman Trophy race is like playing a game of online bingo, there are so many factors outside of your control that you really need luck on your side.

Entering the weekend, Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley was the unquestioned Heisman front-runner, as he had a massive 72% of market bets over the past two weeks.

The second closest competitor was last year’s winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, but he accumulated just 10% of the bets. Before his lackluster effort at Northwestern, Barkley was backed at a best price of just 11/10, with some bookmakers offering below evens at 10/11.

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Northwestern Football “Two Game Season” Ends Quite Terribly

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Back in the summer, expectations for Northwestern football this season was essentially mixed. The more pessimistic pundits saw them as a middle of the pack B1G west division side in the mix for a minor bowl. The more optimistic prognosticators believed that the Wildcats could finish second in the division, and pose the biggest threat to Wisconsin returning to the B1G title game once again.

While there was debate about how NU would be this fall, we did see agreement across the board on this point- we would find out exactly what Northwestern football is and what it is not during the first two games of B1G season. We all knew this much to be true. 

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#4 Penn State Football Game Preview vs Northwestern Wildcats

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Northwestern welcomes Saquon Barkley and the #4 Penn State football team to Ryan Field Saturday, providing a chance for the Chicagoland area to see the current Heisman Trophy front-runner in action live and in living color.

Barkley is the leading candidate to obtain the coveted trophy at the Downtown Athletic Club come December, according to ESPN College Football Final Studio Analysts Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer. College Football Final Studio Host Adnan Virk was gracious enough to join us on The TSB Show, and we covered Barkley in detail.

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Notre Dame Football, Chase Claypool Get National Pub from Adnan Virk

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This past weekend, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said that his junior tailback Josh Adams just isn’t really getting a lot of national media love right now. Adams leads the Fighting Irish, who rank sixth nationally as a team in yards rushing per game, with 658 yards (131.6 per contest) on the ground this season.

He’s averaging 9.01 yards per carry, and ranks fourth nationally in total rushing yards.

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Northwestern Football Lakeside Facility a Tremendous Recruiting Tool

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On Saturday, a college football pregame show will originate from Hutcheson Field, the Northwestern football practice facility that is located on the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s not just metaphorically or practically on the lake shore, it’s literally right there, and it’s about as picturesque a view as you’ll find anywhere in college football.

Pictures only tell you so much, likewise with video, as you have to go to Evanston and see it first hand. Once you see the facility for yourself, with your own eyes, then you can truly appreciate the vistas (credit the team’s official Twitter account, @NUFBFamily, for the intro photo)

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Pat Fitzgerald: “40% of the Country” Takes Anthem Protests “Out of Context”

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The whole point of NFL players taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner is to protest against racial injustices and police brutality. That message of course has been twisted and perverted by far right extremists, and now spun into the narrative of “spoiled, pampered athletes disrespecting the country that gave them their opportunities.”

What an individual chooses to do during the national anthem is up to them, and the true meaning of that gesture resides in their own heart and mind, despite whatever some attention seeking pundit might say to contort it.

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Brian Kelly Admits He Finally Had an Epiphany About Run Game

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The most poignant, insightful and clearest big picture soundbite from Brian Kelly following his team’s 52-17 trouncing over Miami of Ohio related to the Notre Dame run game. Kelly has been known throughout his career known as a pass first head coach, and as one who doesn’t like to delegate to the play-calling abilities much.

Given his situation entering this season, and the personnel on the current roster, he had commit fully to the run.

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Notre Dame Football Winning Facilities Arms Race with New Upgrades

If I were Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, and I was sitting in one of the suites in the highest levels of the Notre Dame football Stadium, I would say inside my head:

“Now witness the POWER of this FULLY operational battle station!”

Swarbrick had built a palace of a cathedral of a monument to college football, and everyone else should take note because the Golden Domers have re-established the gold standard.

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