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Hoping for a Historic Win


Wildcats and Bulldogs and Gators - Oh My!


Per predicted a month ago, Northwestern drew a SEC foe - the Mississippi State University (MSU) Bulldogs - and a bowl - the Tax-Slayer.com Gator Bowl. (I hope I got that endorsement right…)

There was some speculation at the time that Northwestern could wind up in the CapitalOne Bowl versus Georgia. Anyway, the Commissars...err...Commissioners of the B1G and the SEC got together and set up their “Seconds” for a duel - the runner-up of the B1G (Nebraska) versus the runner-up of the SEC (Georgia). 

I’m glad that NU pulled MSU as a dance partner and not Georgia. (Ask me this time tomorrow if I’m still glad.) Mississippi State started as ~2 favorites. Now Northwestern is ~2 point favorites. 

The Vegas line is worth exploring. So without further ado, let’s do The Good, The Bad, and the Probable. 


The Good:


The Wildcats are the “Home” team at the Gator Bowl; they get to wear their purple unis, with a cool black N on black helmet design. They enter the bowl game as the favorites, which might be a program first. 

The team is relaxed and loose. There is an air of expectation. This team knows that they are one win away from a rare 10-win season. More importantly, if they win they will go down in NU history as one of the great Wildcat football teams simply by breaking the final Dark Ages curse - winning in a bowl game. 

Mississippi State is glad to be in a decent January 1st bowl game. They started really hot by going 7-0 to open their season. Then the roof caved in, losing 4 of their last 5 to finish 8-4. Even their eight wins look weak in retrospect, having beaten no one of any consequence. The Bulldogs are looking for redemption for themselves.

The first quarter starts with the teams trading touchdowns. It appears to be a fairly even match-up. By the half, Northwestern gains a FG edge. The game is really tight.

After the half, the Wildcats open up their playbook as well as their throttle. Suddenly, the Bulldogs are being shoved around by the Wildcats. Northwestern gains the upper hand and continues to apply pressure. The Dawgs get pounded by the Cats. At the end of the game, the Wildcats gain a historic bowl win. Their fans try to figure out where to dump the goalposts. 

Wildcats 42 - Bulldogs 28. And it could have been a lot worse. 


The Bad:


The Wildcats are the “Home” team at the Gator Bowl; they get to wear their purple unis, with a cool black N on black helmet design. They enter the bowl game as the favorites, which might be a program first. 

The team is relaxed and loose. There is an air of expectation. This team knows that they are one win away from a rare 10-win season. More importantly, if they win they will go down in NU history as one of the great Wildcat football teams simply by breaking the final Dark Ages curse - winning in a bowl game. 

Mississippi State is glad to be in a decent January 1st bowl game. They started really hot by going 7-0 to open their season. Then the roof caved in, losing 4 of their last 5 to finish 8-4. Even their eight wins look weak in retrospect, having beaten no one of any consequence. The Bulldogs are looking for redemption for themselves.

The first quarter starts with the teams trading touchdowns. It appears to be a fairly even match-up. By the half, MSU gains a FG edge. The game is really tight.

After the half, the Wildcats open up their playbook as well as their throttle. Unfortunately, the MSU defense is ready. Suddenly, the Wildcats are being shoved around by the Bulldogs. MSU gains the upper hand and continues to apply pressure. The Dawgs chew up the Cats. At the end of the game, the Wildcats gain a  dubiously historic bowl record - the most consecutive bowl losses (10). Their fans try to figure out what went so wrong when everything looked so promising. 

Bulldogs 42 - NU 31. And the game wasn’t even that close. 


The Probable:


The Wildcats are the “Home” team at the Gator Bowl; they get to wear their purple unis, with a cool black N on black helmet design. They enter the bowl game as the favorites, which might be a program first. 

The team is relaxed and loose. There is an air of expectation. This team knows that they are one win away from a rare 10-win season. More importantly, if they win they will go down in NU history as one of the great Wildcat football teams simply by breaking the final Dark Ages curse - winning in a bowl game. 

Mississippi State is glad to be in a decent January 1st bowl game. They started really hot by going 7-0 to open their season. Then the roof caved in, losing 4 of their last 5 to finish 8-4. Even their eight wins look weak in retrospect, having beaten no one of any consequence. The Bulldogs are looking for redemption for themselves.

The first quarter starts with the teams trading touchdowns. It appears to be a fairly even match-up. By the half, Northwestern gains a FG edge. The game is really tight.

After the half, the Wildcats continue to slowly grind away, using their ground game to open up the occasional pass. It is classic B1G smash-mouth football. Suddenly, the Bulldog defensive line is being shoved around by the Wildcats. Northwestern slowly gains the upper hand and continues to apply pressure. The Dawgs slowly yield to the Cats. At the end of the game, the Wildcats gain a historic bowl win. Their fans try to figure out where to dump the goalposts. 

Wildcats 38 - Bulldogs 31. History is made.  


More later...


Go Cats!

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

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