The past number of years has seen the Northwestern Wildcats get to New Year’s Day with a chance to break their streak of losing bowl games and have come up short each and every time. Northwestern will get another chance on Jan. 1 with a matchup in the Gator Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This is probably the best chance that Northwestern has had in a bowl game to win over all the other chances.
There was talk during the day Sunday that Northwestern could end up in the Capital One Bowl but it appears that the bowl wanted the Nebraska Cornhuskers instead since they beat Northwestern during the regular season. Northwestern gets a nice matchup against a Mississippi State team that has been struggling and lost three of their last four games this season after starting 7-0. If Northwestern can find a way to get past the Southeastern Conference just one time, maybe then they can have sustained postseason success.
It is also worth noting that Northwestern was probably three bad plays away from being undefeated with the choke jobs against Nebraska and the Michigan Wolverines and getting run over late by the Penn State Nittany Lions. It may have been Northwestern instead of the Northern Illinois Huskies in a BCS game. There are Wildcats fans out there who will make the trip to Jacksonville hoping that they will finally see their team win a bowl game and I’m thinking that their wish will finally come true this time around. It is finally the year of the cat.
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