An Early Preview Of The Wolf Pack’s Game Against The Wildcats Of Northwestern
Nevada heads East to Evanston to open the season against the Northwestern Wildcats.
An Early Preview Of The Wolf Pack’s Game Against Northwestern In Nevada’s Season Opener.
The last early non conference preview for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team will be the first game to kick off the 2017 season.
Nevada Wolf Pack will travel east to Evanston, Illinois to face off against the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten conference.
The Wildcats are coming off a 7-6 season in 2016 but return a wealth of experience particularly on the offensive line and in the running back position. Northwestern is home to one of the best running backs in the Big Ten in Justin Jackson and also, the Wildcats have a talented defense especially in the secondary.
Like most of their non-conference schedule (Washington State, Toledo), the Wildcats will pose a tough challenge for the Wolf Pack as they try to pull off the upset on the road in Evanston.
Here is an early preview of the Wolf Pack’s match-up with Northwestern Wildcats:
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Coach: Pat Fitzgerald, 9th season, Record 77-62
Conference: Big Ten, West Division
2016 Record: 7-6 (5-4 in the Big Ten)
Justin Jackson, Senior, Running Back
Do you know who led the Big Ten conference in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game in 2016?
If your answer is Penn State’s Saquon Barkey, it is a good guess but it is wrong. It was Northwestern’s Justin Jackson who led the conference in those categories. Jackson ran for 1,524 yards (averaging 117.2yards a game) and rushed for 15 touchdowns for the Wildcats in 2016.
Jackson is coming back to Evanston along with a talented offensive line as they look to lead the Wildcats to a Big Ten West championship and a shot at the Big Ten Title. Jackson is a talented running back that the Wolf Pack front seven will have to attempt to contain if they look to defeat the Wildcats.
Godwin Igwebuike, Senior, Defensive Back
Igwebuike is the senior leader of a talent group of defense backs at Northwestern that could make a case for being one of the best units in the Big Ten. Igwebuike lead the team last season in total tackles with 108 (78 solo) to go along with seven pass break ups and two interceptions.
Igwebuike (along with Montre Hartage, Jared McGee and Kyle Queiro) make up a defensive backfield that is loaded with talent and this is a hurdle that the Wolf Pack offense, breaking in a new offense in 2017, will have to contend with in order to win.
The first game of the Jay Norvell era for Nevada will be a tough task as they face a Northwestern team that seem primed for big things in 2017.
The Wildcats return 15 starters from last season and boasts a fantastic running back and excellent offensive line and a secondary that will make moving the ball in the air for the Wolf Pack a daunting task,
For a Nevada team that is breaking in a new offense and question marks in the defense, this will be tough outing for the Wolf Pack to open the season.
Northwestern 39 Nevada 21