Northwestern Football fell two spots last week, from 18th to 20th, in the College Football Playoff Rankings and the AP Top 25. I believe the drop in the standings was due to their ugly win versus a struggling Purdue team. However, I feel that any win against a conference opponent can be considered a tough win and better yet, even an ugly win. When two conference teams are battling it out on the gridiron, records are a thing of the past. At the end of the day, if you are the team to come out on top, that is all that should matter. It is rare to witness a “pretty” or “perfect” football game. Sometimes it takes a gritty, hard fought, and sometimes lucky effort to prevail. I believe that good teams always find ways to win games even if it may not be the way people expected it to be, and for the Wildcats, they did just that.
Star Running back Justin Jackson continued his dominating season with another 160 yard performance. The Wildcats faced some difficult moments in the game, but prevailed with a late game TD by Jackson. He has had an incredible season thus far and and is the team’s primary offensive threat. Jackson eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark last week with a big victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions! If the Wildcats can finish up the season with victories over a ranked Wisconsin team, currently 21st in the nation, and a tough Illinois team just around the corner, I think they can move up the ladder of the College Football Playoff Rankings. This will not be an easy task, as both games will be on the road in hostile environments, but I am extremely confident that the Wildcats will be more than prepared for the challenge.