For the second week in a row, Northwestern beat an inferior team in Evanston in incredibly unconvincing fashion. Last Saturday, it was against Penn State and this past Saturday was against the lowly Purdue Boilermakers. The Wildcats won those game versus unranked foes by a combined nine points, so the victories certainly didn’t pass the eye test.
While the Purdue game ended up dropping Northwestern down a few spots in the new College Football Playoff rankings, it didn’t significantly change how college football writers projected for the Wildcats to fit into the bowl picture. The Outback and Pinstripe Bowls are still likely destinations while the Holiday and Music City Bowls are also possibilities.
Here’s a look at where some national college football analysts think the Wildcats are headed when their regular season ends:
Brett McMurphy: Outback Bowl vs. Arkansas; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1
Mark Schlabach: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pittsburgh; Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY; Dec. 26
Jerry Palm: Outback Bowl vs. Georgia; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1
Jason Kirk: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1
Bryan Fischer: National University Holiday Bowl vs. Tennessee; Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA; Dec. 30
Bill Bender: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. Auburn; Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN; Dec. 30