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Winnability rankings: Every game on Northwestern football’s 2017 schedule ranked from hardest to easiest

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There were some hard decisions in this one.

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Every year at Inside NU, we discuss the winnability for all of Northwestern’s opponents. With our Know Your Opponent series over, it’s time to release our picks.

VOTERS: Will Ragatz, Noah Coffman, Tristan Jung, Caleb Friedman, Ian McCafferty, Davis Rich, Josh Burton, Martin Oppegaard

NOTE: 1 = Hardest —> 12 = Easiest.

Inside NU Winnability Rankings

Opponent Will Ragatz Noah Coffman Tristan Jung Caleb Friedman Ian McCafferty Davis Rich Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Average
Opponent Will Ragatz Noah Coffman Tristan Jung Caleb Friedman Ian McCafferty Davis Rich Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Average
Nevada 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11.875
@Duke 8 6 8 6 7 8 8 8 7.375
Bowling Green 11 11 11 11 10 12 9 11 10.75
@Wisconsin 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 1.75
Penn State 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1.25
@Maryland 5 7 6 7 6 7 6 6 6.25
Iowa 4 5 4 4 5 5 4 3 4.25
Michigan State 7 8 7 8 8 4 7 4 6.625
@Nebraska 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 3.25
Purdue 10 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 9.25
Minnesota 6 4 5 5 4 6 5 7 5.25
@Illinois 9 10 10 10 11 10 11 10 10.125

Make sure to read our commentary on how we ranked Northwestern’s opponents and give your own opinions in the comments below!