It's fair to say Northwestern shocked most people in 2015 by winning 10 games, even if the three losses the team did suffer over the course of the season—to Michigan, Iowa and Tennessee—were by a combined 107 points.
And coming off that successful campaign, the program will have to replace some key contributors—namely Dan Vitale, Dean Lowry, Deonte Gibson and Nick VanHoose—but also returns a lot of talent. However, Las Vegas doesn't seem to be as convinced the Wildcats can keep their forward momentum going in 2016, as the South Point Casino Sports Book has set the Wildcats' win total for the fall at just 6.5 games.
Maybe it was the five single-digit wins in 2015, the upcoming nine-game Big Ten schedule or the unimpressive Northwestern offense that led this particular book to slot the Wildcats as slightly above a bowl eligible team. For comparative purposes, South Point has Nebraska down for 8.5 wins, Iowa for 8.5 and Wisconsin for seven. Penn State is predicted to be a 6.5-win team while Michigan leads the conference with an over/under of 10 victories.
So, we'll leave it up to you, Wildcats fans, will Northwestern win more or less than 6.5 games? Answer the poll below and give us your reasoning in the comments.