2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule & Analysis

2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule & Analysis

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2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule & Analysis

2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule & Analysis


Breaking down and analyzing the 2017 Northwestern Wildcats football schedule


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2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule
Realistic Best Case Scenario

The Wildcats start out much, much hotter than they did last year, getting by Duke on the road on the way to a 3-0 start. With a week off to get ready, they shock Wisconsin on the road before taking care of Penn State at home. They get through the short week and the Friday date at Maryland before becoming a national story with a win over Iowa. Okay, so they won’t be good enough to get too much further than this if everything goes right, but they split the Friday game with Michigan State and the road trio to Nebraska, and they roll through the final three games against Purdue, Minnesota and at Illinois for a 10-2 regular season.

2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule
Realistic Worst Case Scenario

They lose the smart guy day at Duke, lose the road game at Wisconsin and the home date with the Nittany Lions, and struggle with the Friday games as part of a rough stretch of three games in a 14-day span before losing at Nebraska. They can’t get past the manageable final three games, and worst of all, lose the rivalry date at Illinois. They’ll be just good enough to avoid a total nightmare of a year – 5-7 should be the floor.

2017 Northwestern Wildcats Football Schedule

Sept. 2: Nevada

Sept. 9: at Duke

Sept. 16: Bowling Green

Sept. 23: OPEN DATE

Sept. 30: at Wisconsin

Oct. 7: Penn State

Oct. 13 (Friday): at Maryland

Oct. 21: Iowa

Oct. 27 (Friday): Michigan State

Nov. 4: at Nebraska

Nov. 11: Purdue

Nov. 18: Minnesota

Nov. 25: at Illinois

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