2009-10 Northwestern Wildcats Football Predictions
by Doc - 8/28/2009
2009-10 Northwestern Wildcats Football Predictions: 7-5 (3-5 in Big Ten)
Nobody expected the Northwestern Wildcats to go 9-4 in 2008. That unit pulled numerous upsets by beating Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota on the road and beat their in-state rival Illinois to close out the regular season. In 2009 they have a favorable schedule by not having to play Ohio State or Michigan and they catch Penn State at home.
The real question mark for this team will be on offense, as they have to replace RB Tyrell Sutton and QB CJ Bacher. Northwestern must also replace their top three receivers but they do have most of their offensive line intact from a year ago. They also start off with an easy schedule and should go 4-0 in the non-conference portion of the season. Northwestern always seems to sneak up on a few Big Ten teams each season and if their offense can come together, this team may even surprise this writer.
Strengths: The offensive line returns four starters and they should be better then in 2008. The defensive line returns a solid group as well and they should be able to keep the Wildcats in most of their games. The defense returns eight of 11 starters in all and the defensive backs rate among the top in the league.
Weakness: As previously mentioned they must replace a ton of skill players on offense. RB Sutton was the catalyst for this offense and he is showing off his skills for the Green Bay Packers this season. One certainly has doubts if any receivers can step up this season since none have any experience. The Wildcats schedule is brutal to close out the season with road games to Iowa and Illinois and they a home date with Wisconsin. Both Iowa and Illinois will have revenge on their minds.
Favorable line to play: Northwestern at Michigan State (Oct. 17). The visitor has won four straight games in this series and the Wildcats have won three of their last four trips to East Lansing. Michigan State will be coming off a tough trip to Illinois and I look for the Wildcats to be getting around a touchdown in this game. The underdog is certainly the only side to consider.
Favorable line to play against: Northwestern at Iowa (Nov. 7). Iowa will have revenge on their minds, as they lost to Northwestern in the Big Ten opener last season, 22-17. Iowa was ahead in that game, 17-3. Northwestern will be coming off Penn State and Iowa will be coming off a tune-up game with Indiana. One may have to lay some wood, but Iowa will get its revenge.
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