A unique take on Northwestern Athletics with thoughts ranging from the visceral to the statistical. Sam, John and Erik will break down NU football, recruiting, basketball and more.
It was arguably the greatest Super Regional in Softball history. Northwestern and Arizona State traded haymakers deep into the night and the Cats, on the arm of Danielle Williams and the bats of Jordyn Rudd, Maeve Nelson, Hannah Cady, Rachel Lewis and many more, prevailed and punched their ticket to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
If you can think of a better way to start off the 2022 season, we'd sure like to hear it. Northwestern looked fantastic throughout the game and was outright dominant down the stretch as they knocked off Nebraska in Dublin Ireland. We're going to walk you through all the highlights of this game that we will all remember for quite some time.
All the previews have been done, all the books have been read, all the predictions have been made and now it's time to kick off the 2022 season with a trip to Dublin, Ireland as the Cats take on Nebraska. We'll get you ready for gameday as Northwestern looks to exact some revenge from last year's drubbing.
What an incredible weekend we are having in Northwestern athletics right now. From the Jon Rothstein happy hour to Lacrosse dominating their way to the National Semifinals to Softball cruising their way to the championship game in the Evanston regional to a massive Football recruiting commitment wave, it's an exciting time to wear the Purple and White.
For our final preview of the offseason we turn our attention to the much-maligned Northwestern Offense. We know so much about some of the position groups, RB, OL to name a few. With another potential first round LT anchoring the line and Cam Porter coming back healthy, we can hope to see some improvement. But, like every other year, so much depends on who we have under center. Will we see the necessary QB improvement in 2022?
At last we have come to the start of the 2022 football season. With Northwestern about to fly to Ireland, we take a deep dive into the Wildcat Defense. So much went wrong last year, so we try to interrogate what happened and how we think they will address the issues for this season.
We wrap up our Summer previews with a look at our instate rivals, the Illinois Illini. Bret Bielema only needed one year to get Illinois frisky. Will they be able to take the next step and get bowl eligible? Will we be able to get the LOLHat back to its rightful place?
2021 was a really good season for Purdue, but they are entering 2022 having lost some MAJOR pieces of that squad. Do they have the ponies to replace guys like George Karlaftis and David Bell among others? Or will Jeff Brohm have a bigger rebuilding job ahead of him?
The calendar may have turned from 2021 to 2022, but with Kirk Ferentz still going strong at Iowa, it looks like we might have a very similar Hawkeye team to last season's. Will they be able to ride their dynamic Defense back to Indy or will their offensive struggles catch up to them?
Last year, Wisconsin rolled with one of the best defenses in the country but their struggles on offense kept them from going to Indy. With Jim Leonhard inexplicably not the head coach somewhere else, do the Badgers have what it takes to run back last years excellent D?
We take a quick break from our Summer Previews to mark the official start of NU Football's Summer Camp. Ray Niro III was honored with the #1 jersey in the first meeting of camp so there's plenty to celebrate on that front. We also discuss some of the big topics that came up at the Media Days in Indy including NIL and further expansion beyond the USC/UCLA moves.
Getting back into conference play, Northwestern starts the month of October on the road in State College. Penn State is coming off a 7-6 2021, but locked up James Franklin to a 10 year contract extension. Will their 2022 offense bring enough to the table to help out their outstanding D?
To call the past 10 days in the world of Northwestern Athletics crazy would be an understatement of epic proportions. Today, the Mike Polisky era came to an abrupt end as he announced his resignation just 10 days after accepting the job. Tonight, we raised the emergency pod beacon so we can try to make sense of what all just happened and where we go from here.
We start our Summer Previews with a look at the Big Ten teams that Northwestern does not play this season. What better place to begin than with the defending Big Ten Champions, the Michigan Wolverines. Can they rekindle the magic of 2021 and make it back to Indy?
Northwestern's annual FCS and MAC games will always cause some apprehension amongst the fan base. This year it's no different. In fact, there may be more reason for concern. We'll take a look at Southern Illinois and Miami, OH as we round out the NU non-conference slate.
Northwestern's hire of new Athletic Director Mike Polisky is, in a word, divisive. This is a very complicated situation and to help us process everything we welcome in former Daily Northwestern Sports Editor Ella Brockway and former InsideNU Editor-In-Chief Lia Assimakopoulos to discuss all the different facets of the hiring.
With a magical season cut short by a juggernaut of an Oklahoma squad, the NU Softball team made some big news a 5 seniors announced they'll be back to finish the job in OKC next year. Then, we make our pivot to the 2022 Football season as we get set for our annual previews coming very soon.
The Cats' second game of the season comes after returning from Ireland. Duke was not a great team last year but NU really put up a stinker in Durham. Will 2022 present an opportunity to exact some revenge from last year? What does Duke look like without David Cutcliffe at the helm?
We turn our attention to the NU schedule as we begin with a Week 0 matchup against the so-called "Greatest 3-9 team in history." Northwestern travels to the Emerald Isle to take on a Nebraska team that is trying to figure out an identity as Scott Frost's seat gets hotter and hotter. Will UNL finally make a bowl game under their Prodigal Son come home?
We continue our run-up to the NFL Draft as we sat down with Defector Media and Northwestern's own Kalyn Kahler. Tonight, we cover her journey from Sports Illustrated to Defector before we dive into the 2021 NFL Draft and some of the fun things she's hearing from behind the scenes.
We wrap up our previews of the Big Ten teams not on Northwestern's schedule with a look at Rutgers. In 2021, many people were singing the praises of Rutgers and envisioned a good season for them. But as the legendary NU coach Dennis Green once said, they are who we thought they were. Will 2022 be any different?
As we start our run-up to the NFL Draft, this week, we welcome in Tim Chapman, author of ChampioN Underdog: The Improbable Success of the 1995 Northwestern Football Team. We reminisce about the amazing Rose Bowl run that 95 team went on, dive into some of the great stories from the book and from the writing of the book.
Our previews continue as we break down the Big Ten teams not on NU's schedule this season. After signing Mel Tucker to a massive contract extension, Michigan State is certainly all in. But how do you replace the best RB in college football last year?
Northwestern made an exciting run to the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball tournament in San Antonio before running into a spectacular Louisville squad. Tonight, we recap the two games in Texas before turning our attention to the insanely successful runs pretty much every spring sport are undergoing in Evanston.
After last year's hiatus, it's great to have the NCAA Tournaments back in our lives. We would be remiss if we didn't bring back our resident bracketologist Scott Sepich to come talk about this years Men's and Women's tournaments. The NU Women picked up a 7 seed and will face UCF in round 1 with a potential matchup against Louisville in round 2. We talk all this and more with Scott tonight.
The previews of the Big Ten teams not on Northwestern's 2022 schedule continues with a look at Indiana. After a brilliant 2020 season, the Hoosiers fell way off in 2021 (where have we heard that before...) Will Tom Allen be able to flip the switch again to take Indiana back to the 2020 level of greatness? Or will the power of the East Division be too much for the Hoosiers to handle?
With the 2020-21 Men's Basketball team spiraling down towards another disappointing season, it's time we take stock of the direction of the program. We are now 4 years removed from the magical run to the NCAA Tournament, but things are looking pretty bleak. Is it time to move on? What impact will the new Athletic Director have on the situation? We also catch up with the Women and start to look ahead to Lacrosse and Softball as the spring season starts to get underway.
We're halfway through the season and NU passed their biggest test to date. The Purdue offense is as dynamic as any we'll see all season and the Cat's D was up to the challenge. Keeping David Bell in check and only allowing 2 total yards rushing, Northwestern held on for another one-possession victory.
For the first time in a few years, there was some actual drama to the February Signing Day. Northwestern brought in two highly regarded WR signees today and to talk about them, and the rest of the 2021 class, we sat down with @NUFBRecruiting to discuss.
In what has become a very underrated rivalry, the battle of NU, Northwestern continued to show defensive dominance, especially in the second half, and knocked off the Cornhuskers. While the offense was shaky at times, the D has yet to allow a single point in the second half of any game this season. However, with the high flying Purdue Boilermakers on deck, can the Cats continue to pitch second half shutouts?
The Northwestern world is abuzz with the news of a new QB and Defensive Coordinator. Ryan Hilinski has announced his transfer from South Carolina to Northwestern and Jim O'Neil will soon be announced as the new DC. This week, we talk all about these new additions and how they might impact the team in 2021.
Going into this game, we said we knew who both Iowa and Northwestern were. We also know exactly how these two teams play one another. This year's game was no departure from the norm. The Cats continue their streak of wins in Iowa City as we break it down. Then we look ahead to the red-headed stepchildren of the Big Ten, Nebraska.
With the 2020 college football season now officially behind us, we look back at where Northwestern finds itself in the grand scheme of things, examine the comings and goings of the transfer portal and check in on both men's and women's hoops as we get deeper into conference play.
Well now! Northwestern kicked off the 2020 campaign with a resounding win over a hapless Maryland squad. So many positives to take away from this one starting with Peyton Ramsey, Mike Bajakian's Offense, the OL, you name it! And that's just on the offensive side of the ball. Join us for a jumbo-sized recap and look ahead to this upcoming week's Halloween tilt in Iowa City against the Hawkeyes.
Citrus Bowl Champions! That has a nice ring to it. Tonight, we look back at Northwestern's dominating performance over Auburn, reflect on the season, pay homage to Coach Hankwitz and begin to think about where this team goes for the 2021 season
It's taken a long time and a lot of very hard work by so many people, but finally, we have Northwestern Football coming up this weekend. Tonight, we preview the game against Maryland and discuss the possibilities of this upcoming season.
For the first time in Northwestern history and only the 3rd time ever, the Cats are ranked in the top 20 in both Men's and Women's Hoops and Football (not to mention the top 10 ranking in US News and World report for the school itself.) Tonight, we talk about the Men's team and their amazing week of wins over Michigan St., Indiana and Ohio St. before we turn our attention to the Citrus Bowl game against Auburn coming up on New Year's Day.
With just over a week to go before the 2020 Northwestern season gets underway, it's high time we take a deep dive into our beloved Wildcats. With Fitz keeping the depth chart and opt-out lists in a safe with more security than Fort Knox, all we can do is analyze this squad from afar. Who will take the reins at QB this year? Who will step up to be our key pass rush specialist? Will we have a deep threat offensively? So many questions that we try to answer.
Well, that is certainly not how we wanted to start the season. Things went south for the Cats starting from the very first play of the game. However, instead of giving our knee-jerk reactions, we took some time, broke down the film and really dissected what went wrong last Friday in Evanston.
It's Game Week! As we all get set for Friday night's opener, we take you deep into the trenches with everything you need to know about Northwestern and as much as we can figure out about Michigan State. We're ready to kick this season off with a bang!
At long last, we come to the finish line of our summer previews. Today we preview our very own Northwestern Wildcats. However, there is so much to say about this team, we would be hard pressed to cover the entire team in one episode. Last episode, we took a deep dive into the NU Defense and tonight we wrap it all up with a look at the O. It's the second season of the Mike Bajakian experience and we hand the keys to Hunter Johnson. While there are quite a few new faces, you might find that there is a lot to be excited about.
At long last, we come to the finish line of our summer previews. Today we preview our very own Northwestern Wildcats. However, there is so much to say about this team, we would be hard pressed to cover the entire team in one episode. So tonight, we take a deep dive into the NU Defense. There is a lot of speculation with what we might see from Jim O'Neil's D, but one thing that we all know is that we have an All-American roaming the secondary.
It's a new era in Champaign as Bret Bielema takes over from Lovie Smith. He does have his work cut out for him as there was not a ton in the cupboard. Does Bret have the wherewithal to get the Illini back to respectability? Will our streak of LOLHat ownership continue?
While they have had flashes of excitement, generally Purdue has not lived up to expectations in the Jeff Brohm era. Now with another change at Defensive Coordinator and the graduation of Rondale Moore coupled with a brutal schedule, will the Boilers be able to show some improvement?
Fly the red pirate flag for an emergency podcast. When news broke that Cam Porter was done for the year and Hunter Johnson was named starting QB, we had to jump right on with our thoughts. Take a breath folks, this is not the end of the world.