It's been a long two weeks, but finally we're only a day away from college football. It's a new year (for us Jews) which means Northwestern has obviously turned over a new leaf and we can forget about the loss to Army. (This is how the Jewish New Year works. Don't ask about it.)
After the jump, me, Loretta and Herman got stuff to say bout them footballs!
I am very, very, very, very excited re: Persa. I honestly think Northwestern is a whole different team now with him. I'm glad that NU is 2-1 not having had him, although the one loss coming to Army and not BC surprises me in retrospect. However, him being back doesn't mean everything is great. He hasn't played in a long time (although he genuinely looks 100% in practice). But most importantly, Illinois is a good team. They run the ball in droves and are going to murder Northwestern on the ground. I think Persa will be able to do lots of work in the air and make us remember good things. I don't think it's going to be enough for NU to beat a ranked team on the road. That's a tall order and the tackling display against Army just didn't do anything to make me confident enough in NU's ability to stop another running-based team.
Illinois, 31, NU, 24