Wisconsin Badgers Football Season Sneak Peek: Friends of the Blog: Northwestern Q&A

Wisconsin welcomes the Northwestern Wildcats to Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 13 to start a three-game streak against division opponents to end the season. Since the game is at home, I’m pretty confident the Badgers will win, but you never know what sort of dark magic Northwestern Pat Fitzgerald will conjure up.

We have two guests from the Big Ten School in Evanston this weekend to tell us about NU. Our first guest is Daniel Olinger, the editor-in-chief of our cousins ​​SB Nation Inside NU. Daniel and I are bonded by our love of bad Big Ten men’s basketball as well as bad professional men’s basketball. That’s right, he’s a Sixers fan too (and hosts a great podcast on Liberty Ballers, the SBN Sixers site).

Here are Daniel’s answers to our questions!

Who is your player to watch in attack?

Stephon Robinson Jr. – Our own Bradley Locker wrote a great movie about him here and he’s certainly talented, but more importantly what he has are opportunities. Northwestern already lacked a returning receiver with even 10 receptions during the 2020 season, and with Cam Porter the team’s returning leader in both rushing and receiving, now with a late-season injury. season, the accomplished transfer from Kansas could easily become the go-wide receiver for the ‘Cats, similar to the role Ramaud Chiahkiao-Bowman took on a year ago.

Who is your player to watch in defense?

Adetomiwa Adebawore – If we just said the best, I could leave you with a Brandon Joseph JPEG and say nothing else, but I’m too sick to leave you with this. I’ve run the propaganda of “Tomi on the Inside NU timeline on several occasions as he’s one of college football’s fastest defensive linemen, chasing Purdue’s most famous Zander Horvath from a deficit. of 10 meters.

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Even though he didn’t rack up any monster scoring stats, Adebawore was a threat in opposing backfields, racking up precipitation and disruption in abundance and in one of four returning starters from the grand defense of all time from last year.

Why will Northwestern beat Wisconsin this year?

I don’t suppose they will!

This trust is reserved for Illinois (HAT). If they manage to defeat the Badgers again, that will have to be coupled with a poor performance from a Graham Mertz. With the exception of a few fireworks in the opening series, NU really couldn’t move the ball at all against Wisconsin in last year’s battle.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Northwestern

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It didn’t matter because Mertz was troubled by both the pressure and Northwestern’s talented secondary the entire game. If Mertz plays like the QB who dominated his early season performances and was billed as the greatest rookie in UW history, Wisconsin will win. If he struggled, the ‘Cats could pull it off two years in a row.

My God, isn’t Iowa the worst?

Yes, both Io_a and X-ichigan.

Our next guest is my internet friend, beng. He describes himself as “the enfant terrible of the Northwestern sports internet” and … it’s okay. Beng is a huge tennis fan and :: check the ratings :: this can’t be true … is he a Sixers fan ALSO? Jesus, what is wrong with us?

Here are Beng’s answers to our questions!

Who is your player to watch in attack?

Between Drew DMing me on this Tuesday afternoon content series and me pumping half-baked thoughts, Northwestern’s offense has:

– Shocked the world and announced he was starting QB (ex-Clemson uber rookie and Mick McCall incompetence avatar Hunter Johnson)

-Lossed his only proven past contributor for the year with an unspecified injury (running back Cameron Porter)

-Lost a projected competitor to start on his offensive line (Zachary Franks)

-Declared a crusade on 5G technology (I guess)

As such, there is only one answer to this question. All eyes will be on Hunter Johnson. I still think Johnson could be great. I’ve never seen a ball come out of the hand of a Northwestern quarterback like his. Reports from Those in the Know are perhaps a little more mixed as to whether or not he has the goods.

NCAA Football: Northwestern in Wisconsin

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Let’s stay the course on what Hunter Johnson means: Ryan Hilinski doesn’t have to be everything he was meant to be. You don’t bring Hilinski over from South Carolina without giving him every chance to get that first job. That he can’t pretend it looks like a very big, very red flag.

Johnson then enters the season in the unenviable position of being the man at the head of one of the darkest skill position rooms in the Big Ten. With Porter on the shelf, the only proven product is Kansas graduate transfer receiver Stephon Robinson Jr. Robinson may well be extraordinarily good. Do I feel comfortable that the best player in the skill position is an expat from the Kansas Jayhawks? Reader, I don’t know.

Johnson is in a difficult position and Pat Fitzgerald has already made it clear he is on a short leash. As such, I would put the odds of him playing 51% of the snaps against Wisconsin between 30-40%. But the bottom line is that while Northwestern’s offense isn’t going to be terrible, Johnson will not only have to be great himself, but he’ll have to raise the standard of a motley squad of untested youngsters.

I’m going to dig a hole and scream in it real quick, BRB.

Who is your player to watch in defense?

I’m not going to pretend to tell you how Northwestern’s fifth defensive lineman deserves your attention, or how linebacker WILL might be the next Devin Bush, or something like that. Let’s stick to the headlines.

Brandon Joseph is the guy.

He’s surprisingly good at soccer, and he knows he’s good at soccer, which makes him extremely cool. The aesthetic of a center fielder who can punch people in the mouth and echo insane one-handed diving holds deep in my soul.

NCAA Football: Nebraska to the Northwest

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There are parts to replace (Paddy Fisher and Greg Newsome are coming back please), I have some concerns on the defensive line, I think the new defensive coordinator could gigasuck, but I know for a fact that Brandon Joseph Has The Sauce, and for that reason, I don’t care about defense.

Principally. Let’s talk about something else.

Why will Northwestern beat Wisconsin this year?

Northwest will beat Wisconsin because the base state of the universe is entropy. Northwestern is, objectively, probably a bad to poor football team. They are replacing more than any team in the whole country, and they won every game last year on the sidelines. This does not often bode well for success. Or never.

But that doesn’t matter either, because it’s the Northwest, and you’re Wisconsin, and we all know exactly how this game is going to play out. The two teams will conspire to kill football on a windswept and humid 28 degree afternoon. Neither team will score 20 points. Neither team will do anything that looks like “good football”, no one will watch the game have anything that looks like “fun”, there will be a turnover review which has a stupid resolution, and Northwestern will win 16-12 and we’ll all have to take a 30 minute shower.

Enjoy everyone!

My God, isn’t Illinois the worst?

Bill Cubit and Tim Beckman should host a podcast so I can cyberbully them on the internet with rude mailbag questions.

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