Trevor Siemian “Swagging on Them Boys,” Says London Fletcher

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Saturday night, during a stoppage in play at Northwestern‘s Ryan Field, Trevor Siemian received a major show of support from the home crowd. During a break in the midst of the Wildcats’ 49-7 Bowling Green Massacre (#NeverForget) this past weekend, the stadium video board showed a montage of current #B1GCATS in the NFL.

For some, like Zach Strief with the New Orleans Saints, the image included a mention of their status as team captain. Siemian had this label too, but more importantly he also had QB1 in his display.

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Northwestern Football Accomplishes Bowling Green Massacre

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Yes, KellyAnne Conway, the Bowling Green Massacre is indeed real, but it actually occurred tonight in Evanston, Illinois. The 2017 Northwestern football team went up 35-7 on the Bowling Green Falcons with 2:07 left in the first half, and the massacre was on at Ryan Field.

The remaining 32:07 in this game was garbage time, as the outcome was already cemented. The Wildcats, coming off the wrong end of a massacre themselves as the hands of Duke, did exactly what they needed to regain the full faith and credit of their panicking base, destroying BGSU 49-7.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Northwestern Football Game Preview: Week 3 vs Bowling Green

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Will will finally see a Bowling Green Massacre? Could the figment of KellyAnne Conway’s imagination finally be realized at Ryan Field Saturday night? Las Vegas seems to think so as this Northwestern football team are 22 point favorites. Yes, in spite of the Wildcats’ complete annihilation at Duke this past weekend, the bookies are backing them to blowout Bowling Green State University.

Actually, we already saw a Bowling Green Massacre this very young college football season, and it was at the hands of another B1G Side. Michigan State was routing the Falcons 35-3 late in their week one clash before BGSU added a late, meaningless touchdown to window dress the score a bit.

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Northwestern Football: Opening Result Similar to Wisconsin Badgers

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Northwestern football entered the season with “sleeper” status to win the B1G West division. Almost every single college football pundit who made a prognostication on the division picked the Wisconsin Badgers to win it. Northwestern was essentially the consensus pick to finish second, with some predictors going out on a limb to peg the Wildcats as eventual division winners.

There’s also a few “experts” here and there that see Nebraska as being a contender, but the remaining four teams (Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Illinois) are all considered by most to be out of the mix. If it is to be a two horse race between the Wisconsin and Northwestern football teams for the divisional crown, then it’s interesting how the season began in such similar fashion for both teams.

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Justin Jackson Could End up B1G’s Second All Time Leading Rusher

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Northwestern senior running back Justin Jackson passed up Michigan State’s Tico Duckett today to become the B1G’s 15th all time leading rusher. With 109 yards on 30 carries in NU’s 31-20 win over Nevada, Jackson is now 54 yards behind Michigan’s Jamie Morris for 14th place. He has two nicknames, “bread and butter” and “the ball carrier,” and he should achieve two more milestones in the next few upcoming weeks.

The first is the aforementioned surpassing of Morris, with Michigan State’s Javon Ringer 13th and Damien Anderson in 12th.

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Northwestern Football Game Preview, Prediction vs Nevada

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Up until last season, against P.J. Fleck and Western Michigan, Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald had won every single season opener of his career except one (California 2014). Considering that he’s been on the job since 2006, it’s impressively consistent. Former Chicago Bears Head Coach Dave Wannstedt articulated what the key to building and maintaining a program has been for Fitzgerald.

“He’s got the blueprint of what he wants to do from a program standpoint, they got an identity,” Wannstedt said during our exclusive with him at B1G Media Day.

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Northwestern Wildcats Up Their Food Game at Ryan Field (Photos)

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As the legendary Los Angeles poet laureate O’Shea Jackson (Ice Cube) once said: “I got my grub on, but didn’t pig out.” This past Friday night brought the Northwestern Wildcats annual “meet the team” event, and this year’s edition had an added kick to it. Fans could do more than just play on the field and obtain autographs from the players this time.

They also had a chance to sample the new stadium concessions, as Sodexo and the Northwestern Wildcats stepped their game up for 2017. As the home opener Saturday versus Nevada (game preview and prediction over at this link) approaches, bear in mind that there are multiple burger options available, ranging the spectrum from pork and beef combinations to vegan offerings.

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TSB Show 8: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Dave Kerner, Smashing Pumpkins Jimmy Chamberlain

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TSB Show 8 is here, and it’s another star-studded line-up. CBS Sports hosted a national media conference call with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and the Network’s lead college football announce team of Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson along with studio analyst Rick Neuheisel. On the call I asked a very well informed question about Illini football and Lovie Smith, and the reaction was….well, we covered that in detail at this post.

Dave Kerner from WBBM News Radio Chicago was up next, and we covered the reaction I got from the national guys on that conference call. We also talked Cubs, Bears and Northwestern. It’s just too bad he wasn’t at the Ryan Field new concessions food tasting with me.

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2017 Northwestern Football Season Preview and Predictions

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As we told the “bread and butter” of Northwestern football, running back Justin Jackson, the 2016 season was “the best of times” and “the worst of times,” offensively. Jackson responded by referencing Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities instantaneously. It was refreshing respite from all the “we just got to get better everyday” and “I just want to do what’s best for the team” that you hear ad nauseam at Media Days.

Yes, often times a Northwestern football player interview is more compelling that the audio you get from most other teams.

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IlliNation Show 5 Featuring Pat Fitzgerald, Malik Turner, CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross

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We yet another action packed podcast for you this week! IlliNation Show 5 begins with the worst soundbite of all from B1G Media Day, and that honor went to Ohio State’s Chris Worley. Then we transition to Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald, who reflects on his early days when he first took the job.

For Pat Fitzgerald, the beginnings of his tenure at NU were similar to Lovie Smith at Illinois, in that year one was actually year zero, and year two was actually year one.

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Northwestern DT Tyler Lancaster Benched More Than 2017 Combine Field

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They say that ability to bench press one’s own body weight is a fairly good marker of physical fitness. Obviously, the more weight you can max out (highest amount you can bench press for one repetition) over your body weight the better, as it’s a decent indicator of just how much a person’s mass is pure muscle weight.

Northwestern senior defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster, can bench 450 pounds, which is 140 lbs above the 310 that he’s currently listed. For comparison’s sake, 300 is typically regarded to be an elite bench press, a standard comparable to running a sub five minute mile.

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