One of my college professors graduated from Northwestern... This was the matchup I was hoping for before the bowls were announced. Kind of a once in a lifetime type of game. It is an honor to play you guys and I for one am really looking forward to it!
As for MSU, we have an unbelievable talent at QB in Tyler Russell but we have problems protecting him at times. He has about 6-7 WR that he throws to, but his primary target is a stud WR in Chad Bumphis. RBs are all very solid and 3 deep. Defense SHOULD be our strength as we have a LOT of talent on that side of the ball. However, they have NOT performed well due to coaching. Our scheme is very vanilla on defense and teams don't seem to have any problems whatsoever in figuring it out. The talent is definitely there though.
I know it is going to take our absolute best effort to have a chance in this one. Again, looking forward to the game and learning more about your school and football team!!
Thanks. We too are looking forward to this one. Our guys are very young and have improved tremendously throughout the year. Our run defense has been quite good, bur our pass defense is still a cause for some concern. Your passing game could give us trouble. Our strength may be our O-line, which has made both our running game and passing game look very strong this year. We likely have two NFL draftees starting on the left side.
Yeah, I think it is a great match-up and should be a excellent battle for the fans of both schools to witness. I think the most satisfying win for me this season was against Tennessee. It was a great game and we put the nail in the coffin late with a great catch in the back of the end zone. UT hadn't 'given up' at that point of the season. They were 3-2 I think with a win over NC State. I also live in Nashville and so I may be a bit biased. Losing to Ole Miss was the worst. We were never in the Alabama or Texas A&M games. The LSU game was pretty close. We were down 3 in the 3rd quarter and should have been ahead if it weren't for some really stupid mistakes.
To your last point, it was satisfying to beat Arkansas and Auburn even if they are a train wreck this year.
I'm looking forward to it as well. Unlike most of our bowl matchups in the past, I think this is a much better (read: more even) matchup. Seems like our statistics are pretty similar.
Question for you, of your "W's" which one was the most satisfying.... and of your "L's", which one was the most gutwrenching?
IMHO, ours was Michigan State and Michigan, respectively. You could argue Io_a and Illinois for the first one, but those programs are in such disarray that its hard to call them signature wins.
I doubt if ANY team in the country had a schedule like playing @Alabama, then the next week having to play A&M at 11 in the morning, then playing @LSU at night. I'm really looking foward to the game however. I've always enjoyed watching Northwestern play
A&M was the most gut wrenching for me. Mainly due to the way MSU played. As in not wanting to be there apparently. Altough the next week when they played bama the next week and did the same thing to begin the game i did feel slightly better.
The most satisfying was auby for me. That was/is due to beliveving MSU should have beaten them the last 2 years. Then throw in the Cam stuff and....
MSU has talent. However imo the offense has more ready play talent. I have strong opinions on play calling and will leave it at that.
The defense also has some talent. The front seven just doesn't produce a pass rush. The safeties are an issue. I would say they have been most glaring weakness and biggest problem in the pass game.
The MSU corners are both NFL guys in this next draft. Banks is consistanly rated a 1st rd guy. Slay is very good also I don't know about draft grade though. Most of the TDs caught on them have been BAD safety play. Bama and ole miss games for example..
This matchup is interesting for me because you guys run a spread run offense. The passing spread teams have been hard for MSU's defense to handle this year.
I really don't have a clue how this game will unfold. Mainly due to not knowing how well MSU will play your run game. I normaly do at least THINK i know lol.
MSU does play soft against passing teams. For some of the reasons i pointed out above. This is something that is very uncomfortable for MSU fans. Who have almost always hung their hats on the defense.
Looking forward to this game and hope that everyone that goes has a safe trip.
nmsfan wrote: I doubt if ANY team in the country had a schedule like playing @Alabama, then the next week having to play A&M at 11 in the morning, then playing @LSU at night. I'm really looking foward to the game however. I've always enjoyed watching Northwestern play
Like one State poster has already said, we have NO identity. As a fan I am anxious for every game to see how we come out and what we do. Offensively, we run a good many formations. We can throw the ball and we are able to run it. IMO, what kills us is when we attempt to create a balance instead of sticking to what is working. We have a RB (Perkins) that is extremely streaky and can make the big plays, but seems to get his feelings hurt when he is replaced. We do have another RB (Griffin) that is very underrated and virtually unknown by other teams (even some of our fans).
Our QB play is excellent at times and at other times is horrible. I have heard rumors that we will try some new things and see more of our back up QB Dak Prescott. He is our "Tim Tebow". Our starter, Tyler Russell, can be on of the most dangerous pocket passers in college football when he has decent protection. He doesnt get rattled too easy and is pretty cool in the pocket. He can thread the needle.
Our WR corps is hot and cold. We have one stud WR in Chad Bumphis. He is not a big guy or a superbly fast player, but he can get open and break tackles very easily. Chris Smith was Russell's HS teammate and is still his go to target. Arceto Clark is DANGEROUS when he actually catches the ball. We have a plethora of TE's and they can all make a play, but arent the best in protecting a QB.
I am not even going to try to breakdown our D.... No clue what's going on.
I will say our All American DB Johnthan Banks is a HELL of a player. He has had some troubles as of late due to a banged up knee he suffered during the Middle Tenn game, but will be back to his old ways by gameday. Teams have ultimately avoided throwing in his direction this year which gave Slay some decent stats. Our weakness in the secondary is at the safety position with #5 Whitley. However, if you happen to run a cross route with him in the area, he will hit to kill. He does pick up some penalties for head to head hits though.
I am looking forward to this game. Had a family member that was on a Northwestern team back in the day. Hope you enjoy your time in the South. Jacksonville is a beautiful place. I thoroughly enjoyed my last trip their when we destroyed Michigan.
Do the Bulldogs realize how important it is for the Wildcats to win this game? It's everything. It's the one stain left on the program. We have one bowl victory ever... and it happened back when fans could only watch on black and white TVs.
Neat... Do you want us to lay down and let you win?
I understand yall have a pretty bad streak in bowl games, but that has nothing to do with us. If you win it's because you earned it. If we win it is because we earned it. We are in need of a win at the end of this season to show that it's not a failure and to give us some momentum going in to next year. Nobody wants to lose the last game of the season buddy.
That said, I am looking forward to a great game. If you see any State fans tailgating at the game (which I am sure you will) stop by to say "Hello!" You will most likely walk away with a full stomach as well.