Very difficult to read a team after 1 week but Northwestern lost to what was a horrid Cal team at home last week. I believe their only win last year was versus a FCS team.
Pat Fitzgerald was a bit of a star about 3 years ago and some corners of the universe had him as a candidate for the U of M job. I know he is a former player there so has close ties but looking forward at NW's schedule there is a real case to be made that after the next 2 weeks NW won't be favored in a game again until the end of November. I don't know how hot seats can get in Evanston but back to back seasons of dismay could be a major issue.
Here is what NW faces - I assume they win the next 2 although Northern Illinois is no cake walk; they beat Iowa last year. After these 2 games I don't see NW being a favorite to win any game until @ Purdue
- @Notre Dame
Only break is a bye week between Nebraska and Iowa. With the potential offensive firepower of Nebraska, PSU (via the air), Michigan and Notre Dame some of these games could get very ugly and the real possibility exists for a 7 game losing streak. Even if they close the season with wins vs Purdue and Illinois (will the team be lost by then?) you could be talking 4-8. And that assumes a win over Northern Illinois.