Northwestern Football Has School Single Season Wins Record in Crosshairs

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With a 39-0 blowout over Minnesota on Senior Day, Northwestern football is in prime shape now to tie the school record for single season wins (1995, 2012, 2015). Next week they’ll head to Champaign for what is the easiest game on the league schedule by far, against the hapless Illinois Fighting Illini.

Illinois lost 52-14 at #9 Ohio State, in a game that saw the largest point spread in a B1G conference game ever on record (41 points). Obviously, the Illini covered, so give them credit for that, but expect Vegas to open tomorrow with Northwestern football as 25 point favorites, give or take.

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P.J. Fleck Takes “100 Percent” Ownership of Blowout at #23 Northwestern

What Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach P.J. Fleck said today after his team got blown out by Northwestern was refreshing. Fleck took total ownership of the 39-0 rout, which saw his team lose the yardage battle 363-182 and end up -5 in the turnover margin.

“It’s not pretty whatsoever, and there’s no excuses for it, and it’s 100% on my shoulders,” Fleck said in Evanston.

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#25 Northwestern Football vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Game Preview

When Northwestern football Senior Day 2017 transpires this weekend, the main storyline will concern the two HIGH ENERGY head coaches on the sidelines. Both hail from Chicagoland, have a reputation for Midwestern wholesomeness, and possess a very strong work ethic.

There’s also a master vs. apprentice angle at work here. A decade ago, Minnesota Head Coach P.J. Fleck, then an assistant at Northern Illinois, called up a bunch of college football coaches and invited them to lunch so that he could pick their brains and talk shop. Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald was the only one who accepted his offer.

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#20 Northwestern Basketball: Six Players to Watch vs Creighton

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The season really starts now for Northwestern basketball, as they welcome Creighton to Rosemont, IL tonight. It’s not often that NU is able to schedule a name brand opponent at home in the conference, so it’s a rather unfortunate that this happens now when they have to play at their home away from home this season, but that is the cards they have been dealt.

The Blue Jays will provide a great test for the Wildcats as they possess a lot of traits that befit a big boy high major program.

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P.J. Fleck, Pat Fitzgerald on Their Power Lunch a Decade Ago

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This past summer, Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach P.J. Fleck opened up the early morning session of B1G Media Days. His INTENSE HIGH ENERGY style was no doubt placed in this specific slot to help supplement the caffeine for everyone. Fleck was immediately followed by Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald, and the juxtaposition of the two head coaches invites a recall of their famous meeting of the minds a decade ago. 

“Pat Fitzgerald, I remember 10 years ago I came here to Chicago to meet Pat and just had lunch, talked to me about what being a head coach was all about,” Fleck said in his opening statement on dais.

“I knew I wanted to be a head coach.”

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Northwestern Football Deserves Much Better Fan Support than it Receives

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In their win over the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday night, the Northwestern football team did not draw very well; at all. 

Yes, it was very cold tonight, much cooler than what you usually experience this time of year, but these issues go beyond the meteorological. It didn’t help that the opponent, Purdue, has been a punchline in recent years, but the Wildcats truly deserve a lot better than this! Especially when you consider that Northwestern football holds a very realistic chance of tying the program single season wins record (1995, 2012, 2015).

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Northwestern Basketball: 2017-18 Season Preview and Predictions

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Jay-Z rapped in “Do you Believe (Hova Interlude)”:

“When you’re expected to win, they ain’t surprised no more.”

That’s Northwestern basketball in 2017-18, an unprecedented role for the program. Given all the talent, experience, production and potential that Wildcats have coming back this season, plus everything that they accomplished last season, dream big.

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Northwestern Football Game Preview vs Purdue Boilermakers

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A night game in B1G country in November? What a time to be alive! Yes, get your blankets, hoodies and hot cocoa ready for the first 11th month night game in Northwestern football history. The forecast calls for a 39 degree air temperature and a 37% chance of precipitation at kickoff, 6 pm on ESPN2. Purdue has not beaten the Wildcats since 2010, which was coincidentally also a night game in Evanston.

Also, have a listen below at my Northwestern football analysis segment on KOZN 1620 the Zone, Omaha.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Fans: Your Northwestern Wildcats Dossier

The Nebraska Cornhuskers welcome the Northwestern Wildcats to Lincoln, for the annual NU Bowl. Northwestern has won two of their last three trips to Memorial Stadium, but lost their last three at home to the Huskers. Nebraska is favored by 1.5 in this 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers community, looking to edify themselves on the Cats, here’s your dossier.

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Paddy Fisher a Star in the Making for Northwestern Football

(Update: Paddy Fisher named B1G Defensive Player of the Week)

Northwestern middle linebacker Paddy Fisher said last night that he set a goal in training camp to lead the team in tackles. Fisher currently has 73, and that’s 18 more than any of his teammates. If you watch Northwestern football regularly, you’ll hear the name Paddy Fisher over and over again, because he’s quite often in on the stop.

He’s a defensive play-maker and a tackling machine.

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#16 Michigan State Football Game Preview: at Northwestern Wildcats

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Simply put, last year’s Northwestern vs Michigan State football game was drunk. It was extremely drunk, like an individual who gets kicked out of Rick’s American Cafe on St. Patrick’s Day. 

NU came up to East Lansing, and ruined homecoming by beating the Spartans 54-40, in a wild game that saw 28 points scored over a five minute stretch in the third quarter. Northwestern had scored just seven points against a FCS foe a month prior, but broke the Spartan Stadium record for opponent points scored.

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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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