In August, I tried to predict Northwestern's upcoming football season. Here's how I concluded my prediction:
So that leaves the Cats with a bunch of highly winnable, highly losable games. The smart money is on Northwestern to go 6-6, but it could easily be much better or much worse with a few lucky bounces or bad breaks here or there.But for now, I'll pick NU to go 6-6 (3-5) with a trip to DETROIT, BABY. I can't wait for them to prove me wrong, starting Saturday.
Let's look at some incontrovertible facts.
- Northwestern fans like to moan about how every year, their team loses a game they shouldn't to an awful opponent that ruined a season that could've been better. This year, Northwestern played nine teams that at the end of the year you can indisputably consider worse than Northwestern, and Northwestern won all nine games. The three games Northwestern did lose were against two teams tha finished the year ranked and a Penn State squad that might have if it were capable of being ranked.
- Northwestern did not lose a game convincingly. In fact, they had a lead in the fourth quarter of all 12 games, winning nine and losing three.