Cats Continue to Roll

Okay, so the Northwestern Wildcats didn’t cover the 28-point spread, but we can’t all be perfect all the time. The Wildcats won 38-17 and continued their march to the October 5th game against Ohio State at home. Ohio State also won out in Berkley where the Wildcats opened the season. The story for the Wildcats was again the running game which had not one but two 100 yard rushers, even though again without Venric Mark.

The star of the game was running back Treyvon Green who gashed Western Michigan for 158 yards on 20 carries and two scores. Kain Colter added another 106 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown of his own. While this was a blowout, it’s reassuring that the quality on opponent isn’t throwing Pat Fitzgerald and his staff for a loop. The gameplan has and always will be to beat the teams they’re supposed to beat while keeping their players healthy for the start of the Big Ten schedule that will truly determine how good Northwestern is and how high in the rankings they can ascend.

As expected if you don’t cover the spread in Vegas you don’t reap the benefit of climbing the rankings ladder.  The Wildcats are the 18th-ranked team in the country. That’s one spot down from where they were before kickoff.  Ironically, University of Washington – the team that came into Soldier Field to beat the Illini and muddy up the field for the Bears – leapfrogged the Wildcats in the polls based on their convincing win. The Huskies appear to be a team on the rise and their success on the road against the undefeated Illini team made their case for a higher ranking than the Wildcats.

Pat Fitzgerald and his staff now have another layup game against Maine before a week off. The Wildcats are a 33.5 point favorite for Saturday’s home game against the Black Bears.