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Friday Flakes: Is Northwestern a Must Win Game?

Yes. No. Maybe. Both.

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Is Northwestern a must win game?

I heard this question earlier this week and my immediate reaction was, “Absolutely.” My thought is that if Northwestern wins then they are 3-0 and we are 0-2. With only five games left then that is a lot of ground to make up in order to win the division.

Winning the division should be the goal this season. Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa are 0-2. Wisconsin is 1-0, but is not playing two games on the schedule at the least.

In my view this leaves it wide open (at this point) for Purdue, Nebraska and Northwestern.

Then again, this is a flakes and a deep dive into something like this isn’t warranted. However, going down to a team that will then be 3-0 in an eight game season where a tie will be decided by head-to-head matchup makes winning the division feel daunting.

Then the question might be whether winning the division at this point (with the current situation of the division) is required for a good season.

Or maybe we should just be grateful to have football at all.

Thank you Nebraska.


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