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Bowling for Rice

Sudden Death for Owls - Critical for Wildcats

Northwestern arranged a home and home with Rice. Last year Rice attempted to use weather warfare on the Wildcats by inviting them to play in the hot Texas weather. This year Northwestern is returning the favor by inviting the Owls to enjoy the fine November weather in Chicago. The Cats held up in the heat of a Texas September. Will the Owls similarly be able to handle a Illinois November? We’ll go with a weather theme this week.


The Good:

The Rice Owls fly into Evanston to take on the Wildcats. It is warm for November, meaning that the temperature isn’t below freezing immediately after nightfall. Kickoff is at 1100, with a relatively warm, sunny, breezy day.

The Owls are desperate for a win to keep themselves in possible bowl contention. The Wildcats are focused on getting another win to even their season at 5-5. Fans on both sides note that this game is like a bowl to see who gets to go to a bowl.

Coming out a little flat, the Wildcats allow the Owls to strike first. Coach Fitz is none too pleased and lets his players know it. Within minutes, the Wildcats even it up and start to truly awaken. At the half, Northwestern goes to the lockers with a two touchdown lead.

Going into the third quarter, the Wildcats really kick it into high gear and quickly pull away from the Owls. The subs start coming in once the Cats achieve a three score lead. Rice scores the occasional TD/FG, but the Wildcats just bury them, keeping the three score cushion. The game ends with Northwestern grinding out a drive near the end of the fourth quarter, deciding to be merciful and not run up the score.

Final Score: Wildcats 38 - Owls 20. Northwestern evens up their season and seems poised to hit the critical 6 win mark against the Gophers.


The Bad:

The Rice Owls fly into Evanston to take on the Wildcats. It is warm for November, meaning that the temperature isn’t below freezing immediately after nightfall. Kickoff is at 1100, with a relatively warm, sunny, breezy day.

The Owls are desperate for a win to keep themselves in possible bowl contention. The Wildcats are focused on getting another win to even their season at 5-5. Fans on both sides note that this game is like a bowl to see who gets to go to a bowl.

Coming out a little flat, the Wildcats allow the Owls to strike first. Coach Fitz is none too pleased and lets his players know it. Within minutes, the Wildcats even it up but continue to be sluggish. At the half, Northwestern goes to the lockers with a one touchdown lead.

Going into the third quarter, the Wildcats continue to walk rather than run. NU cannot shake the Owls. The critical fourth quarter begins with a Rice score to even the game. The Northwestern faithful hold their collective breath as the game-plan falls apart. Rice scores a FG and gains a 3 point lead. The game ends with Northwestern grinding out a drive near the end of the fourth quarter, but coming up short as time expires.

Final Score: NU 24 - RU 27. Northwestern looks at the remainder of their season and realizes that the next two games will be extended Cardiac Cats moments with no room for error.


The Probable:

The Rice Owls fly into Evanston to take on the Wildcats. It is warm for November, meaning that the temperature isn’t below freezing immediately after nightfall. Kickoff is at 1100, with a relatively warm, sunny, breezy day.

The Owls are desperate for a win to keep themselves in possible bowl contention. The Wildcats are focused on getting another win to even their season at 5-5. Fans on both sides note that this game is like a bowl to see who gets to go to a bowl.

Coming out a little flat, the Wildcats allow the Owls to strike first. Coach Fitz is none too pleased and lets his players know it. Within minutes, the Wildcats even it up but continue to be sluggish. At the half, Northwestern goes to the lockers with a one touchdown lead. Fitz isn’t happy.

Going into the third quarter, the Wildcats show some more fire. However, NU cannot shake the Owls. The critical fourth quarter begins with a Rice score to bring them within a score of Northwestern. The NU faithful hold their collective breath as the game-plan hangs in the balance. The Wildcats shake off the cobwebs and start to fire on all cylinders - finally. Rice continues to hang around, but cannot overcome the Wildcat’s lead. The game ends with Northwestern grinding out a drive near the end of the fourth quarter and adding an insurance score just to be sure.

Final Score: Northwestern 31 - Rice 21. Northwestern evens up their season and seems poised to hit the critical 6 win mark against the Gophers. The fans hope that bowl eligibility doesn’t come down to the last quarter of the last game.


Go Cats!

BJ Mitchell (Former NUMB Spirit Leader)
NUMBSpiritLeader@gmail.com
Twitter: @nuspiritleader.

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