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Northwestern vs. Syracuse: Healthy Kain Colter, No. 19 Wildcats dominate Syracuse

YOOOO! Northwestern put up 20 unanswered, ended the first half up 34-7, Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian looked great, the defense had four picks, and we're feeling good. 2-0.

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Charting NU's QBs vs. Cuse

Breaking down Colter and Siemian's passing stats against Syracuse

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NU IS REALLY GOOD AT FOOTBALL

Northwestern dominated. DOMINATED!

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What 2 know about NU-Syracuse

The Wildcats are 16.5-point favorites against a BCS opponent that won a conference championship last year. AHHHHHHH. Here's everything you need to know about Northwestern's home opener against Syracuse.

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NU vs. Syracuse prediction thread!

Are Kain Colter and Venric Mark ready? Does it matter, with Syracuse kinda awful offensively? Tell us what you think is going to happen in the game between No. 19 Northwestern (milking the opportunity to say that) and Syracuse!

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Gameplan: Syracuse

Will freshman corner Dwight White be alright against Syracuse's passing game after a rough debut? And how can Northwestern move the ball against a Scott Shafer-designed defense that shut down Penn State (with a few notable exceptions)

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Mark, Colter questionable, InjuryGateBros probable

Does Northwestern's injury report tell you anything about what will happen Saturday? Well, no, but it does tell you Fitz likes making wanking gestures at Sonny Dykes.

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7 reasons to hate Syracuse

Syracuse is not New York's College Team, and their sports journalism alumni are just as good as ours but do we have to talk about that every time? That and more reasons to hate:

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Kain Colter practices in full Wednesday

Kain Colter returned to the practice field Wednesday after suffering a concussion Saturday, and should be good to go on Saturday against Syracuse.

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As noted: concussions are important to take slowly, but if he's practicing in full today, that's a good sign -- although practices for quarterbacks, are, of course, non-contact.

Quite frankly, I wasn't particularly worried about Colter's status for Saturday -- Trevor Siemien just proved he could win a game by himself, and was responsible for a game-winning TD drive last year against this very same Syracuse team when Colter was, once again, hurt in a season opener -- but we all know what the mobile QB can bring to Northwestern's offense, and we can all admit that it was kind of lacking in Northwestern's 44-30 win.

Colter had not practiced Tuesday, which was to be expected.

Now we worry about Venric Mark, who is the other half of Northwestern's zone read and option-based rushing attack. His leg injury is kind of more ambiguous, and although it never fully knocked him out of the Cal game, clearly hampered him. Here's to him also

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Name of the Week: Cuse

We used to actually write about the other team before getting to names. That was dumb.

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Actually, we do have Venric/Kain news

Earlier today, we pointed out that it was in Northwestern's best interest to not tell us anything about Kain Colter and Venric Mark's injuries, and that we probably wouldn't get much news on them. Well, color me surprised: Pat Fitzgerald was actually reasonably forthcoming about the injuries to his starting quarterback and running back, and said he expects both to play this week -- with some caveats.

On Colter: So Kain Colter actually has a concussion, which we basically knew after seeing him on the sidelines, and Northwestern will take it easy with him although he's expected to play. Summary? Expect Kain to play, but, hey, maybe he won't.

On Venric:

We learn even less here. The good news is it seems both players should be at game shape or nearing it by Saturday. NU will go out of their way to rest these dudes, but if needs be, it seems like there is a good likelihood that they both will play Saturday. Of course, this could be gamesmanship: we received no indicators Mark was feeling dinged up before the Cal game, but, as we could see pretty quickly, he was. Saying Mark and Colter could both be in the mix Saturday could just be forcing 'Cuse to prepare for them -- I remember Dan Persa being supposedly in game shape Weeks 1, 2, and 3 back in 2011, so I have reason to be skeptical.

The bottom line, though: Trevor Siemian and Treyvon Green led the way in a win against Cal. Northwestern should once again be in alright shape with those two guys playing heavy minutes against a Syracuse team that shouldn't be oodles better.

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