Today, the Northwestern
Wildcats ended their 64 year old bowl drought. They upped their record in bowl games to 2-9. And they did it over an SEC team no less, the once 11th ranked Mississippi St Bulldogs. In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks
ended their 49 year old Stanley Cup drought. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox
ended their 88 year World Series drought. So now that leaves only two:
basketball, who’ve never made a NCAA Tourney. Well, with how they’ve played at home lately, their injuries and an RPI of 105, I’d say they have to wait a year- at least. And the Chicago Cubs
104 year Sahara like drought? Well, they lost 101 games last year, so don’t expect that drought to end anytime soon.
Let’s get back to what the Cats accomplished today...
When the Northwestern
Wildcats look to end their bowl game drought tomorrow (you might have heard a thing or two about it in the local media
) they’ll do so with these new helmets on. Expect to see a lot of running with Venric Mark and Kain Colter at the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, MSU
has a cornerback named Johnathan Banks who will be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft
So they’ll be less passing with Colter and Trevor Siemian...
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……...
Northwestern’s defense was much maligned last season. The pass defense was especially substandard. But at the conclusion of 2012 spring practice, the D was ahead of the offense and it showed a lot of improvement. The secondary will be retooled, so the defense figures to lean on the front seven this fall. And when you’re... Read more »
Spring college football is always interesting for it’s unique scoring system. It’s an intra-squad game and every school does it different. Some schools divide into two teams, others, like today’s Northwestern spring game, go offense vs. defense. And therefore, Ryan Field in Evanston today featured a “pick-17″ (instead of a “pick-6″) with the points system... Read more »
Get ready for the Jugs Machine! Sounds like a nickname for Pamela Anderson. Wait, she’s kind of a gross thought today, sounds like 1993 Pamela Anderson. Being a punt returner is serious business. Fielding a high kick is no small task by itself, but it’s made that much harder when you have to concentrate on... Read more »
This wasn’t they had in mind when this college football preseason began. Texas A&M and Northwestern had the talent and expectations for much more than a 6-6 record, and a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Last year, it was just the Texas Bowl so congrats to the marketing department on lining... Read more »
Are you ready for some football? You have burning questions about what will happen on the gridiron in State College this weekend? Penn State news that actually focuses on college football? Hhmm, yeah, we’ll try. It’s hard to think about football when you have a campus in mutiny due to the firing of one of... Read more »
With the 28-25 upset of the ninth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers this past Saturday, Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald gained sole possession of second place on NU’s all-time coaching wins list. Fitzgerald stands at 38 wins, one more than his predecessor Randy Walker and 11 behind Lynn Waldorf’s school-record of 49. Fitz is inked to be at the... Read more »
In one of the best displays by the offensive line in ages, the Northwestern Wildcats gained 320 rushing yards versus Eastern Illinois, the first time they have topped the 300-yard mark since 2005—on 67 attempts, the most rushes in a game for NU since 2003 and 10 shy of the school record. This gives them... Read more »