Happy Highlight-ween

The Wicked Witches of the B1G West have a big game a-brewin’ on Saturday. In order to get everyone pumped up, we’ve got some clips from the last two times we played beat Notre Dame.

And, just because Dave Eanet is the best… “The Cardiac ‘Cats are Back!”

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Things That Were Happening the Last Time Notre Dame Beat Northwestern

Yes, yes… Notre Dame leads the all-time series record a whopping 37-9-2, however, since the loss to the Irish in September of 1994, the Wildcats are undefeated. To celebrate the start of ND week, here are some things that were going on the last time ND beat the ‘Cats:

Ace of Base Tops the Charts

What a coincidence that this song is frequently played at WLW tailgates. The top single of 1994 is The Sign by Ace of Base.

D2: The Mighty Ducks Released

Wolf “The Dentist” Stansson tries to derail the hopes of Team USA (better known as “The Ducks”) as they look for Gold in the Junior Goodwill Games. Can head coach Gordon Bombay overcome the distractions of LA to lead them to victory?

The US Hosts the 1994 World Cup

The US made the Round of 16 for the first time since 1934 which began a renaissance for the USMNT. This video is super 90s and I love it.

There is No World Series Due to a Strike

The poor Expos lost their chance at a World Series due to a strike. They were 74-40 that year, and atop the NL East. Don’t worry, the Cubs sucked that year.

“Thursday” Pump Up Jam – Purdue

It’s one day until gameday. The ‘Cats are undefeated (yes, 0-0) and hold the longest win streak of any Power Five team. This has to be the year.

Okay, okay. Yes, the schedule is tough this year. Yes, we lost our all-time leading rusher to the NFL. But come on… if you can’t dream big now, when can you? We’ve got nothing else on our mind than a Big Ten Title and a trip to Pasadena. Dream with us and enjoy this week’s pump up jam: California Dreamin’.

Flashback Friday: The ‘Cats Win A Bowl Game

Remember when just going to a bowl game was exciting? It was not too long ago that Northwestern had the longest postseason losing streak in all of College Football. Close loss after close loss made it seem like this day might never come. But then… 63-years after our lone bowl win… if finally happened. The monkey is off our back at last!

Since then we’ve rattled off two more wins (and one bad loss) to increase our all-time bowl W count to 4. Here’s to #5 this year at the Rose Bowl!

Bonus: An hour-long loop of Quentin Williams’ pick 6:

The Blog is Back

Hey ‘Cats fans. I know we’ve been dormant for a while and our posts were sparse last season, but we’re back in a big way for the 2018 season. A bunch of posts will be dropping in the coming days as we gear up for the opener at Purdont (ironically our last post is a game prediction against them last season).

Stay tuned. Go ‘Cats! BEAT NOTRE DAME!

A Few Fun Facts to Kick of the 2017 Season

Northwestern has the longest winning streak (2) in the B1G

You heard that right. Given the B1G’s abysmal showing during bowl season (3-7) and the other two bowl game winners (Wisconsin and Minnesota) each losing their previous game (Minny to Wisco and Wisco to PSU in the B1G Championship) the ‘Cats hold the outright win streak lead with a whopping 2 wins. Let’s see if we can hold on to that for a few more weeks, eh?

ESPN favors NU in 10 of 12 games

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Does this mean NU is projected to win 10 games? Absolutely not. But still, pretty exciting to be favored in the majority of our contests. Also take this with a grain of salt, as this is certainly bound to change as the season goes on. By my math, this predicts NU to win 8.35 games… not bad.

Pat Fitzgerald’s unbeaten streak against James Franklin is at risk

Despite Penn State’s preseason ranking (6), the Nittany Lions ought to be a little weary of their trip to Evanston this season. Why? Because James Franklin has never beaten Pat Fitzgerald (in 4 attempts). He’s lost both contests as PSU’s head coach as well as two while at the helm at Vanderbilt. Vandy also dropped NU from the schedule in 2013-2014 due to “scheduling conflicts,” however, some speculated James was simply afraid of the ‘Cats.