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CollegeFootballNews: Northwestern Wildcats 2021 Preview

Obviously Pat Fitzgerald deserves every benefit of every doubt as one of the best head coaches in all of football. NASCAR this thing up and give everyone the same equipment to work with, and he might just be the best of the whole lot considering what he’s doing with the the restrictions of producing Big Ten championship-appearance teams in two of the last three seasons. There was a time when just going to a bowl game was a big deal in Evanston, much less win it, but the Cats have gone bowling in ten of the last 13 years, won five of their last six, and took down four in a row. With that said, it also takes a whole lot of things to go right for the team to be fantastic.

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Athlon Sports: #47 Northwestern Wildcats Preview

A return to Indianapolis seems unlikely with so much personnel turnover, but Northwestern always should be a factor in the Big Ten West. Recruiting is improving, and Northwestern is producing first-day draft picks for the first time in the Fitzgerald era. If the Wildcats find an answer at quarterback and develop a downfield passing game, they won't over-stress their defense. The transition from Hankwitz to O'Neil will be fascinating, as will a new-look LB corps. Northwestern misses Ohio State and Penn State on the schedule and should start strong before a defining midseason stretch of Michigan (road), Minnesota (home), Iowa (home) and Wisconsin (road).

Predicted Record (From magazine): 7-5 (4-5 Big Ten)




The Athletic: Everything points upward as Northwestern aims to reload after second division title in 3 years

In some ways, nothing has made Pat Fitzgerald’s life easier than this spring’s NFL Draft. Northwestern had its first first-round draft pick since 2005, its first offensive player drafted in the first round since 1983 and its first first-round draft duo in Rashawn Slater and Greg Newsome.

Ask the 15-year Wildcats head coach what it means, and he sums it succinctly:

“That you can have it all at Northwestern,” Fitzgerald said. “You can get a top-10 education, be a top-10 football team and be a first-round draft pick. What else more do you want?”




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