@BTNStatsGuys: 5 things to know about Northwestern Wildcats
It’s time for the BTN summer bus tour to head to Evanston, Illinois, to check out Pat Fitzgerald’s 11th Northwestern team.
Before we head out to the practice field Tuesday, here are five fun facts about the Wildcats entering the 2016 season.
1. Pat Fitzgerald, who owns a 70-55 record in 10 seasons in Evanston, is Northwestern’s all-time winningest coach.
2. Northwestern has won a program-record 10 games four times, and Pat Fitzgerald has been a part of three (2012 & 2015 as coach; 1995 as a player).
3. With 1,282 yards rushing in 2016, Justin Jackson, who ran for 1,418 in 2015, would move into second place on the program’s all-time rushing list, paced by Damien Anderson (4,485).
4. The Wildcats struggled on offense and dominated on defense last fall; here’s a look at where Northwestern ranked in major categories among FBS teams:
- PPG: Offense, 114th; Defense, 12th
- Pass YPG: Offense, 119th; Defense, 23rd
- Total YPG: Offense, 115th; Defense 13th
- Yds per play: Offense 121st; Defense 7th
5. Northwestern’s 2016 crossover games are daunting: vs. Indiana, at Michigan State and at Ohio State, teams that combined to go 30-10 (.750) last season.