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Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview

Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview
What a difference a year makes for Northwestern QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game. This year, the starting signal caller job is all Colter’s and his main weapon will be Kyle Prater (if the NCAA waiver goes through). A lot of things have to go right in Evanston, but if they do, NU will have one of the best pitch and catch combos in the Big Ten, and the Wildcats offense could make some noise this college football season. On defense, well……...

#76 Minnesota Golden Gophers: College Football 77 in 77

#76 Minnesota Golden Gophers: College Football 77 in 77
In 2011, the Minnesota Golden Gophers played a very powerhouse USC team very tight, and utterly destroyed an Illini team that had completely quit on Ron Zook when they met in Minneapolis. Those were the highlights of a bad 3-9 season. The lowlights? a loss to dreadful North Dakota State which kicked off a horrendous four game losing streak that saw the Gophers outscored 31-144. New regimes take time, so maybe year two will be better? Well, the Minnesota state legislature approved the sale of beer on game days for 2012, so at least they’ll have that...

Can Northwestern's Kain Colter-to-Kyle Prater become big time connection?

Can Northwestern's Kain Colter-to-Kyle Prater become big time connection?
What a difference a year makes for Northwestern QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game.... Read more »
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Northwestern Wildcats, Once 2-5, Now Bowl Eligible at 6-5

Northwestern Wildcats, Once 2-5, Now Bowl Eligible at 6-5
For this report, I turn it over to Jamie Arkin, my Northwestern beat writer at The Sports Bank. Four weeks ago, Northwestern had hit rock bottom. The ‘Cats were 2-5 after a five-game losing streak – blowing substantial leads in several of those games – and were on the verge of a losing record, which... Read more »

Northwestern Shocks Top 10 Nebraska on The Road 28-25

Northwestern Shocks Top 10 Nebraska on The Road 28-25
For this one, I turn to my Northwestern beat reporter at TSB- Jamie Arkin Physical and low scoring – it was the complete opposite of the game everyone expected to see. Northwestern and Nebraska have high-powered offenses, and Northwestern has constantly underperformed on defense. But, to the disbelief of most, Northwestern outplayed the physical Cornhuskers,... Read more »

B1G 10 Football "Power" Rankings, Mediocrity with Fatal Flaws

B1G 10 Football "Power" Rankings, Mediocrity with Fatal Flaws
There are only two times when doing a power rankings can be fun- way early in the season/preseason, or when everything is jumbled, disorganized chaos and blah. Doing a power rankings when the hierarchy is clear cut is a practice strictly for centrist, vanilla losers. In the current Big Ten football world, mediocrity, blahness, national... Read more »
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Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01

Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01
Sandwiched in between last weekend’s emotional prime time upset of nationally ranked Arizona State and next week’s Big Ten opener versus hated in-state rival Northwestern, today’s contest against MAC opponent Western Michigan certainly had a “trap game” feel. And given the Illini performance in the first half, it certainly looked that way for awhile (think... Read more »

Big 10 Power Rankings

Big 10 Power Rankings
One of the main storylines in the Big Ten entering this college football season was all the dual threat quarterbacks. Well so far, I’d say it’s really only Wisconsin‘s Russell Wilson and Nathan Scheelhaase who fit that bill. Michigan’s Denard Robinson did throw for over 330 yards and 4 TDs, but he is an average... Read more »

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3
Illinois Fighting Illini WR Ryan Lankford was the team’s most improved player this spring practice session. But he didn’t have a catch on Saturday in the big 33-15 win over Arkansas State. Someone preferably Lankford needs to become Illinois’ third option. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-best 267 yards. His 16 completions went to... Read more »
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B1G 10 Football Season Predictions

There’s four good teams in the Big Ten this season and five more that could be good or just blah. You can call it parity (just don’t call it PARODY, I HATE when people make that mistake, it isn’t Weird Al Yankovic playing college football here) or you can call it mediocrity. Expect a lot... Read more »
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