It's been a good week for welcoming Wildcats here at Northwestern, as well as using sentences with the word "triple option" in them. Those two things are both fun, but more important is football, and that happens tomorrow. Which means it's time for us to yell at each other about the eventual outcome of that game!
Predictions are after the jump, we have a poll and thread for y'all to tell us what you think.
Army has its cool system, but Northwestern has superior athletes by a long shot. This had the potential to put this into the "trap game" category, but I've been pretty impressed all week long by how seriously Northwestern is taking the challenge of getting up to face Army - not that I expected them not to, but they've really stressed it. They'll be prepared and ready to limit Army's run game. I'm a little bit concerned about how Jeravin Matthews and Jordan Mabin handle the run to the outside - neither has proven a particularly effective tackler in their careers, but the triple option will have them out in run support - while making sure not to get beaten deep by one of the five or ten pass plays Army attempts a game. But I figure even if this costs NU a touchdown or two on big plays, NU is still a better team. Not saying NIU isn't a good football team, but they absolutely smoked Army.
Offensively, I still don't think much of Dan Persa will happen - he's listed as questionable - but Kain Colter is a freaky enough mover to scamper around the Army defense and hopefully can continue to pass the ball well. Plus, NU will get a push in the trenches and I expect Mike Trumpy and Trayvon Green to look nice. The game will be modestly competitive but NU won't struggle against the Black Knights.
Prediction: Northwestern, 35, Army, 20