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Winnability Rankings: How 'winnable' is each Northwestern football game in 2015?

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For the past few years, Inside NU has ranked Northwestern's opponents in terms of "winnability" as a preseason exercise. To us, that means how "winnable" each game is or, on the flipside, how tough does each game looks. Northwestern's 12 regular season opponents are listed below in order from "most winnable" to "least winnable," with each staff members' votes included. Have a difference of opinion? Let us know in the comments.

1

Eastern Illinois Panthers

WEEK 2 | SEPT. 12, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 5-7
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2


Ball State Cardinals

WEEK 4 | SEPT. 26, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 5-7
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 2 2.44

3


Purdue Boilermakers

WEEK 11 | NOV. 14, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 3-9
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 2.56

4


Illinois Fighting Illini

WEEK 13 | NOV. 28, 2015
CHICAGO (SOLDIER FIELD)
2014 RECORD: 6-7
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
4 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 4 4.22

5


Iowa Hawkeyes

WEEK 27 | OCT. 17, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 7-6
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5.22

6


Duke Blue Devils

WEEK 3 | SEPT. 19, 2015
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
2014 RECORD: 9-4
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
5 9 8 9 6 6 4 7 6 6.67

7


Minnesota Golden Gophers

WEEK 5 | OCT. 3, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 8-5
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
7 5 9 6 7 8 7 8 7 7.11

8


Penn State Nittany Lions

WEEK 10 | NOV. 7, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 7-6
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
8 7 6 7 10 11 11 6 8 8.22

9


Michigan Wolverines

WEEK 6 | OCT. 10, 2015
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
2014 RECORD: 5-7
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
10 8 7 8 8 7 10 10 9 8.56

10


Nebraska Cornhuskers

WEEK 8 | OCT. 24, 2015
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
2014 RECORD: 9-4
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
9 11 11 10 9 9 8 9 10 9.56

11


Stanford Cardinal

WEEK 1 | SEPT. 5, 2015
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
2014 RECORD: 8-5
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
11 12 12 12 12 10 9 11 11 11.11

12


Wisconsin Badgers

WEEK 12 | NOV. 21, 2015
MADISON, WISCONSIN
2014 RECORD: 11-3
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Zach Pereles Kevin Dukovic Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Lyndsey Armacost Sam Brief Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
12 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 11.33