Just curious. Despite what NIU officials might say, I think NU can make a pretty good case for a bowl ...
Guess we'll have to wait for awhile to find out. In any case, when I predicted 6-6 (3-5 in league play) in the preseason, it was an admittedly optimistic pick and got its share of laughs.
- Our 6-6 mark is not a "Minnesota 6-win season" (or in the case of last year, Wisconsin) where you only have 2 Big Ten wins and 4-0 against a cupcake NC sked. We're 4-4 in league play.
- We've beaten two bowl-eligible teams (Kansas and Wisconsin) and came darn close against another in Air Force.
- Besides the Air Force loss, our other defeats have come to top 25 teams with some impressive records. Miami, Michigan and OSU all have 10 wins, Purdue and Minnesota have 9.
And after the Air Force game (and again after Minnesota), I honestly thought we let our chances slip away. But these guys didn't give up and transformed their style of play -- and the season -- to become a physical, strong 6-win team.
Congrats to the coaches and players and thank you -- now work on HANGING ON TO THE *&!)(@*&^)! FOOTBALL before the bowl game.:)
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