Monday 2-Deep - Michigan Wolverines

The Northwestern Wildcats took a beating on the scoreboard, but came away from last week's pounding by the Buckeyes with only one serious injury. Add the names of the two other starters who didn't play to the list of possibles, and the Cats' will face Michigan with almost everyone who played in the opener in a game that has Big 10 Championship implications...

Not a lot of positives [from the fame film of Ohio State]

So invoking NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald's 24 hour rule, lets move on to next week's opponent - The Michigan Wolverines who have had a few rough Saturdays themselves.

Last week, they put it together again, defeating Penn State 14-9. Mike Hart demonstrated why he's the Big 10's preseason offensive player of the year rolling up 153 yards and a TE. Even the frosh QB, Ryan Mallett had a decent game against the Lions.

So its going to be buckle down and face the challenge that Michigan represents.

NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald reminded the media Monday that, There is a good football team in our locker room.

Now its time to take it the 100 or so feet to the floor of Ryan Field.

The Superlatives 2 Deep Changes - Offense
  • Nothing of note. Big question is Tyrell Sutton, listed as the top back, but he's been there the last 4 games, has played in 2. Brandon Roberson and Omar Conteh are listed as co-starters if Sutton is unable to go.
2 Deep Changes - Defense
  • Only change is Kevin Mims is now listed as the other defensive end, replacing David Ngene. He earned the starting slot after making 5 Tackles for Loss - leading the0 team  in that stat..
  • Stephan Simmons had to come in for Sherrick McManis, even though he's not on the 2 deep. If you're keeping a personal 2 deep on a napkin somewhere - I'd add him as McManis' backup with an "or" next to David Oredugba
  • RB Tyrell Sutton - but  again is expected to play. He's tested his ankle before the last few games and just isn't comfortable rushing - media reports are that he will undergo tests this week to see if there's anything else in there. Saturday's game was to be Sutton's last appearance in Ohio
  • Will OLB Eddie Simpson - Day to day with a leg injury -could return this week.
  • CB Sherrick McManis had a concussion in the OSU game - he's expected back for Michigan.
Meanwhile, with the Fighting Irish in some kind of doldrum, the Chicago media is going nuts over Ron Zook's Fighting Illini instead.

Don't misunderstand all this - the Irish run off a couple of big wins and the sports pages in the Windy City will again be all Notre Dame, but they're running stories on Illinois alumni on the sports pages now instead of all the usual ND sidebars.

With the Irish down, the Cats have a great opportunity to grab some space in the local media - we have some top reporters on the NU beat - but Northwestern is going to have to pull a couple of big upsets, especially at home, to start to make some waves and gain some more press.

A good place to start would be Ryan Field Saturday.

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