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Winnability rankings: Evaluating Northwestern’s schedule from most to least difficult

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It’s not gonna be easy, folks.

Big Ten Championship - Northwestern v Ohio State Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The rankings are in.

Here are your official 2019 Inside NU Staff winnability rankings. Every game on Northwestern’s schedule broken down by which ones the Wildcats have a best shot at winning in our humble opinions.

As you can infer, 1 means hardest, 12 means easiest:

2019 Winnability

Matchup Composite Average Joe Weinberg Caleb Friedman Davis Rich Lia Assimakopoulos Brett Haensel Eli Karp Matt Albert Lucio Vainesman Avery Zimmerman Claire Kuwana William Karmin Noah Coffman
Matchup Composite Average Joe Weinberg Caleb Friedman Davis Rich Lia Assimakopoulos Brett Haensel Eli Karp Matt Albert Lucio Vainesman Avery Zimmerman Claire Kuwana William Karmin Noah Coffman
@Stanford 8/31 3 3.42 4 2 4 2 3 4 2 5 4 3 3 5
UNLV 9/14 11 10.75 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 11 10 11 11
Mich St 9/21 6 6 5 6 6 5 7 5 5 7 6 7 6 7
@ Wisco 9/28 2 2.42 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 4 2
@ Nebraska 10/5 4 3.67 3 5 3 6 5 3 4 3 3 4 2 3
Ohio St 10/18 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Iowa 10/26 5 4.83 6 4 5 4 4 6 6 4 5 5 5 4
@ Indiana 11/2 9 8.5 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 9 6
Purdue 11/9 7 7.08 7 8 7 7 6 7 7 6 7 6 7 10
UMASS 11/16 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Minnesota 11/23 8 8.17 9 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 8 8
@Illinois 11/30 10 10.17 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 11 10 9

Here is the composite list:

12: UMass

11: UNLV

10: @Illinois

9: @Indiana

8: Minnesota

7: Purdue

6: Michigan State

5: Iowa

4: @Nebraska

3: @Stanford

2: @Wisconsin

1: tOSU

Stay tuned as our writers will defend their picks and dish out their hottest takes in a roundtable format tomorrow. In the meantime, we invite you to post your own winnability rankings in the comment section and shit on our predictions!