Northwestern dropped one position in the AP poll this week (from 17th to 18th), marking the first time (since 1995) that NU lost ground in one of the major polls (AP or Coaches) following a win. Note that NU has moved down after not playing 3 times (1 spot in the AP on 12/9/96 & 1 spot in the Coaches 12/2/96 – both after the regular season had finished for the ’Cats; 2 spots in the Coaches on 11/30/08, after the regular season finished for NU). All of the other times that NU moved down were after losses.
NU faces an FCS opponent in Maine this week. After losing his first game to an FCS opponent (New Hampshire) in 2006, Fitz is 6-0 against FCS competition with an average score of 37.3-8.7 in those victories.
Dating to last season, Northwestern is on an active 6 game winning streak, which is the 'Cats' longest since winning 7 in a row during the 1996 season (when, of course, Fitz was on the field).
The Wildcats have won 5 straight games by double digits (14 or more points, in fact), something Northwestern has not done since at least 1995.
Northwestern will be favored in its 6th straight game this week, something that hasn't occurred for NU since at least 1995 (longest previous streak was 4, which has happened multiple times during that span).
NU's 21 point win last week failed to cover the spread (of 28), which ended NU's streak of covering the spread at 9. That streak matched NU's longest streak achieved during the 1995 season.
The 'Cats have won 17 of their last 22 games, coming very close to matching a 22 game run in 1995-96 in which NU won 18 games.