Yes, next year should be the year

There are loads of rumors floating about the future of the Northwestern Defensive Coaches, including a rumble that the DC at Illinois has cleaned out his desk. Hmmm.... Anyway, here's another of our fans' comments on the Wildcats under Fitz in the future.

The team should be better next year.
Looking at the schedule and current trends, they should win at least 7 games.

The defense has improved over what it was circa 2001, but it clearly has room for growth in order for NU to be a conference championship caliber team. There was a collapse against Michigan State in the second half and 54 points that tOSU scored. Yes, many of these were the result of offensive turnovers and special team miscues, but part of a championship defense is stopping teams or holding them to field goal attempts.

The offense should return to averaging 30 points per game with Bacher, who looks like a good quarterback and Sutton, who is a star runningback.

If the offensive line play is consistent, the defense tightens up, and special teams play is decent, NU could challenge for the conference title next year. For the longer-term future, if the recruiting remains strong and with NU being the only major college in the Chicago metro, the opportunity exists for NU to really be a more consistent power and maybe one day in the not to distant future be competing for national titles every few years and instead of just conference titles.
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