SjT: Beating Illinois

It was a good win, and SjT was not surprised with the Northwestern Wildcat win over Illinois Saturday. Now its time to consider post season conference awards, and where we go bowling...

Good game - about what I expected.
Close for a half
and then we just take over. Could have been a lot worse if our offense had capitalized on some second-half chances (like that nifty Colfield interception - put Barry in at TE!).

But a great game from Baz (you just can't say enough about Brett - I know Robinson probably gets Big Ten MVP, but no player means as much to his team as Baz in the league) and a good way to head into the bowl for Sutton. The defense didn't do much, but did enough. And we're inching closer to tying the overall series with Illinois!:)

So that puts the Cats at 7-4 overall, and 5-3 in league play for the second straight season. If OSU comes back, we could even wind up tied for third place in the league. Not too bad for a team that came into the season with a lot of question marks and was limping out of Kenosha with some big injury news.

So now we see how things shape up around the league -- Iowa's big win means that after PSU/OSU, the Big Ten bowls can pretty much take who they want. Michigan, Wisky and Iowa with their fans and prestige are clearly top level and NU, Minny and (with a win) MSU are clearly second tier.

The announcers today seemed to keep pushing NU for the Sun, but I still think Nashville is the best bet. Either way, Tennessee in their home state or a 9/10-win Pac 10 team will be a tall order to get that elusive bowl win.

GO CATS!!!
-SjT

PS - All the talk of moral victories, lucky wins, etc. this week gave me even more reason to hate the Domers. Not only are they coasting this year off a "moral victory" over USC (they have yet to beat anyone outside of Michigan or look that impressive - including today vs. lowly Syracuse) ... but the Irish also don't get dinged for the close wins because of that dang "luck of the Irish" myth. So at least one school does get to have it both ways, even if the rest of us get criticized for "lucky" escapes and don't want to count moral victories. Ugh!:)

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