The Daily Northwestern

Burning Questions

October 8, 2009

Will Northwestern avoid a potential letdown?In 2007, when Northwestern faced Duke in its third non-conference game of the season, the Blue Devils hadn't notched a victory over a major college team in 27 games. But the Cats couldn't capitalize on the opportunity of playing the perennial ACC bottom feede...

Cats look to reverse trend against cradle

Robbie Levin

October 8, 2009

For a program that has lost 14 of its last 17 games by double digits, Miami (OH) has had a surprisingly large influence on college football generally, and on Northwestern specifically. The RedHawks have 649 wins in their history, 23rd all-time among FBS programs. The so-called cradle of coaches, Miami ha...

Quick picks

October 8, 2009

Matt FormanNorthwestern 35, Miami (OH) 21The RedHawks have won one game in their last 14 tries. Of those 13 losses, they came within 10 points of their opponent just twice. This isn't going to be a repeat of Duke circa 2007. Mike Kafka is too good, and the defense figured something out last week.Brian Cha...

Different shapes and sizes for supers

Robbie Levin

October 8, 2009

Erryn Cobb, a tight end and fullback who notched a total of 94 all-purpose yards during his career at Northwestern, changed the Wildcats' offense forever.When offensive line coach Adam Cushing was hired in 2004, his title was tight ends/h-backs coach. That same year, Cobb, who had played linebacker the two p...

Big Ten memories smell like roses

Brian Chappatta

October 8, 2009

A memory lasts forever. Never does it die.The Big Ten was founded in 1896 and is the oldest Division I conference in the country. It is rich in tradition, rich in loyalty and rich in memories. Look no further than Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who is in his 44th season at that position for the Nitta...