Below is the first of two Q&As I will be posting from Northwestern bloggers. The second will be with SB Nation's own Sippin' on Purple. First, however, I am pleased to welcome Lake the Posts once again. My answers to his questions are here.
1. What is your explanation for Northwestern's excellence in close games? This has been a trend in the IU-NU series since the early 2000s, but now it seems to have spread? Is it just luck that is going to run out some day? Something more?
Controversy might be a strong word. The off-season speculation has played out almost as expected. Kain is a dynamic runner, but Trevor is the better downfield passer. Kain is a better passer than people give him credit for and we run the ball well when Trevor is on the field. I think fans are content, no, even want both to play some 70/30 ratio because the dynamic on the field is pretty different and keeps defenses on their toes. Plus, we want opponents to work twice as hard in game prep for us. My hunch is by the end of the season Trevor will be getting more snaps than Kain, but both will see significant playing time.
3. What do you think about your defense this year? I can't get much of a read from the numbers, nor can I get a read on the quality of the competition. Good? Bad? Players to watch?
4. Finally, how do you think this one is going to turn out?
You want to scare me? give NU a double-digit point spread. I can't remember the last time it happened in conference play. Dave Revsine of BTN fame said this series is the single closest in point differential in the entire FBS over the past 8 years. That INCLUDES the lone blowout - last year. Think about that. I'm a sucker for history playing a role and I expect a one possession game. Northwestern 31 IU 24.
Thanks as always, LTP.