Happy New Year Wildcat fans! We enter 2021 in a golden era for Northwestern athletics, with football in addition to men’s and women’s basketball teams all ranked. It’s a good time to be a Wildcat fan. And what better way to start the year than with a bowl matchup against Auburn. On to the West Lot Warrior predictions…
The 2010 Outback Bowl was the first and only ever bowl game I’ve attended, and wow was it a doozy. An absolutely bonkers game where the ‘Cats looked like they were out of the game multiple times and continued to storm back against a talented Auburn team which won the title the following year (albeit with the sizable addition of Cam Newton). Mike Kafka set a bowl record with 47 completions and 78 attempts…insane.
That was the first football game of the 2010s, and it feels fitting to play the same team just over a decade later. After a great year for the ‘Cats and a hard fought loss in the B1G Championship game, it would be great to start out 2021 with a win over an SEC team. I remember how bad the Tigers fans were in Tampa 11 years ago – just drunk ass annoying people yelling “War Eagle” (when their mascot is a Tiger??) at us after a 3 point OT win over what they clearly thought was an inferior NU team.
Game Summary: The ‘Cats had a lot of players unexpectedly enter the transfer portal, including McGowan, Leota and my boy Bowser. Will be tough to see them go, and perhaps is a sign they know something we don’t about Fitz’s future?
I don’t think Auburn is super interested in this game after an extremely mediocre 2020 and firing their coach. But, they still have talent and that vaunted SEC speed right? That will keep them in the game, but I trust Fitz to get the NU players up for this one as a way to send off Coach Hank in style with his 400th win. The ‘Cats wrap up a stellar campaign with a bowl win, and revenge over the Tigers.
Game Score: NU 24 – AU 21
Play of the Game: Pick six from Cam Mitchell.Player to Watch: Brandon Joseph. The redshirt freshman was named an AP All American and had a ridiculous one handed pick in the B1G Championship. What will his encore look like?
Warrior to Watch: Andy Day. 10am PST start time after New Year’s Eve…rough.
Other Game to Watch: It’s great the ‘Cats are on national TV on New Year’s Day as an appetizer for the CFP Semis, but wish we were not going head to head with the Peach Bowl. I’ll go with OSU-Clemson as my game to watch – these two teams have been talking a lot of shit this week and really seem to dislike each other. I think the Buckeyes will have a rough go of it after the B1G pulled every punch to get them in this game. Watch for the Tigers to roll in this spot.
No contest due to COVID.
Cats by 2 scores. Ramsey with his best game of the year. This game is meaningless, but I have a feeling 2021 is going to be fun for Wildcat Nation. Let’s get it started the right way.
Cats 45 Auburn 7 Gus Malzon is recalled at halftime.
Northwestern is led onto the field by Mike Kafka, and Corey Wooten and blows this bullshit team out.