Over the next few weeks, I plan on doing Q-and-A's with opposing bloggers about Northwestern's football season. The only problem is that the questions I ask are generally different from those normal people ask, and then one question about football.
Today: The Daily Gopher
TDG: Can't argue with their assessment. I haven't researched the pantheon of college coaches who have a mustache but Spaziani's is far better than Jerry Kill's (if that is what you were getting at).
Northwestern's only trip thus far to TCF Bank Stadium came in 2010. What's worse, attending football games indoors or attending football games in November outdoors in Minnesota?
Attending games indoors, without question is far (FAR) worse. To be honest the weather has been fantastic, even in November. The last two seasons have seen seven football Saturday's in the month of November (some on the road). Only one has been below zero for the daily high and four of them have been 50 degrees or warmer (actual temps 57, 64, 37, 50, 57, 36 and 29). The notion that this is a frozen tundra beginning in mid-October is a misnomer. One that we Minnesotan's gladly embrace because it keeps people from moving here.
Kain Colter played the slash role for Northwestern and is adjusting into a starting QB role this upcoming season. How are your experiences with a QB/WR turned just a plain old QB?
Can I get back to you after this season? Honestly, I think Gray is going to be an absolute stud this season but it took him half of a season to adjust last year. That may be partially due to also having a new coaching staff and offensive system on top of transitioning back to QB.
Northwestern had about a 50-50 chance of making the NCAA Tournament with a win over Minnesota in the first round of the BTT, instead, you won in overtime, dicing NU's chances of dancing. How do you sick jerks sleep at night?
I sleep just fine at night thank you very much. How do you feel about stealing wins from my football team in 2007 and 2008? Not exactly the same thing but Northwestern missing the NCAA Tournament (again) is one of the annual highlights of the Big Ten season for me. I have so little else to look forward to and get excited about other than seeing the misery of others. Don't worry though, eventually they'll add enough teams to the tournament field that NU will get in.
THE ONE QUESTION ABOUT FOOTBALL: Who do you like in a Northwestern-MInnesota matchup? Are things trending upwards under Jerry Kill? Do you still think it's awesome that his last name is Kill, or has that worn off yet? Can you guys beat Iowa and Illinois again? That was funny.
I think things are certainly trending up. For the first time in a long time the program is being built the right way. This was a quote from Pat Fitzgerald at the Big Ten Media Days...
"He believes it can be done the right way. No shortcuts. That's what I've seen so far, and that's why I think he'll be successful," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "A lot of teams try to hire a quick-fix artist, but no program can be competitive over the long haul without a strong foundation. And building that takes time. [Kill] understands that, and [Minnesota] understands that."
Things are moving in the right direction. At Kill's opening press conference I heard a lot about teaching the kids leadership and a lot of competition. There is a different level of confidence with this team. Is it enough to start predicting wins and bowl games? No, but things are moving. Can we beat NU, Iowa and Illinois? Yes. Will we? We are no position to start assuming wins over anybody.
It should also be noted that this team is very young. 10 scholarship seniors and 36 newcomers to the program this year. Year 2 is another building block with a young team.