We can beat 'em all

We've been reading all the previews, but here comes the assessment of the upcoming fooball season from one of <b>Northwestern's</b> biggest fans - Evanston Cat.<br><br> EC thinks that this could be another Cinderella Year in Evanston

[This was a reply to a comment about how NU will do this year]
I generally agree with your assessment.
Michigan will be the toughest. In the Big House, Michigan comes off a bye week. They will have a very strong team.

The other teams that I am most worried about:

1) Wisconsin. Don't look now, but I see them as one of the favorites in the conference race. No other team has as much talent and experience at OL and DL to match us. They haven't beat us for half a decade though. We also beat them last year, and am confident we can again this year.

2) TCU. This is a very strong team. Their offense will be outstanding and we are playing them in deep heat and on the road. But, their DL is down compared to other years, and so I think our rushing attack will be too much for them.

Teams I don't think think we'll have much trouble against:

1) Hawaii. Our D will be very seasoned by year's end. We may or may not stop Timmy Chang, and the Bow's are tough at home. But, no way they stop our rushing attack and we will keep their D on the field all game. (and Timmy off). Unlike you, I don't see us having trouble with these guys.

2) Indiana and Illinois. If we have trouble with these jokers, we're in for a rough year.

3) ASU. See Hawaii. They haven't won in over year on the road. Their defense is horrible. Great passing game, but our rushing attack will keep them off the field and their D on it.

4) KU. These guys are getting better, but we improve more than they did, and we get them at home. No Whittemore. I laugh when they talk about their RB as someone to fear. Mr. Green, meet Mr. Howard, Mr. Castillo, Mr. Cofield, Mr. Clark, and Mr. Turf. Their D remains suspect (performed worse than ours last year). Small and weak DL will get absolutely mauled by our rush attack.

Teams that will be a struggle, but I like our chances:

1) Penn State. If this weren't in Happy Valley, I'd chalk it up as a win already. PSU has weak and unproven lines on both sides of the ball. They do not seem to have any offensive pizzazz or anyone to fear (compared to say the 2002 version or dOSU or Michigan).

2) Purdue. We have never beaten Tiller. That will change this year. Orton is great, but I don't see the balance. Their defense is as green as our 2002 defense. Their raw talent isn't that much better (certainly not dOSU level where you can stick in 1st year players and expect them to perform). They will be great in a few years, but our O will tear them apart.

3) dOSU. We are due. They are young. We are old. We are at home. We play them at night. We are favored to win in the trenches. I think we beat dOSU this year. They do come off a bye week (who makes up these ridiculous schedules) but I think it won't be enough and they'll be looking ahead to Wisconsin (whom they lost to last year).

4) Minnesota. New QB. Great Rushing attack. But, I think ours will be better. I think their passing game might be scary if Wheelwright lives up to hype and a QB emerges. But, otherwise, we handled them last year before losing confidence and falling apart. I think our team has matured to the point where we take this one.

I think we maybe lose to Michigan and drop either Wisco or TCU.

10 wins. Maybe the team will surprise me though and win them all.

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