It was just a month ago that the Northwestern Wildcats were ranked in the top 15 and barely lost to the #4 team in the nation because of a controversial call. Now the Cats are sitting at 4-4 and 0-4 in conference play. The past couple of weeks Northwestern fell to Minnesota and Iowa, not tough opponents, and they were on the wrong side of a running clock against Wisconsin. Last year, Chicago’s Big Ten team had a fantastic year topping it off with the first bowl win in a very long time, but now they are looking like the “old” Wildcats. With the Cats downfall and the Bears not playing great, the basketball season couldn’t have come any faster for the people in the Windy City.
What is the problem with the Cats? Well they have been depleted by injuries. In the two loses to Minnesota and Iowa, Northwestern was without their senior starting quarterback, Kain Colter and their all American running back, Venric Mark. The Gophers and Hawkeyes are both teams that the Wildcats, when healthy, should have beat easily. This has also happened to many other teams, like Georgia, TCU, and Maryland. It is just crazy how fast your season can plummet down after a few key injuries.
Northwestern needs to have a positive look at the rest of the season and realize that even though their Big Ten championship dreams are out the window they can still be eligible for a bowl game. This 2013 Northwestern team has a chance to be the first ever team to win two bowl games in back to back years in school history. The players can’t give up, they have to keep moving forward.