2011 TicketCity.Com Bowl: Northwestern Takes On Texas Tech In Dallas

In only a few short hours the Northwestern Wildcats will play in their third bowl in as many years against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Rather than going into the game with a sense of anticipation, however, many Northwestern fans have been viewing the game with something closer to trepidation, if not sheer panic. The reason? The absence of starting quarterback Dan Persa, who suffered a tear to his achilles during the Iowa Hawkeyes game that prematurely ended his season.

Persa was pretty much the entirety of the Northwestern offense, and his absence showed. The Wildcats were blown out in their last two games against Illinois and Wisconsin, and Persa's replacement, Evan Watkins, looked anything but capable. The defense has been on shaky ground all season, and the offensive line has been borderline awful at points, allowing an absurd 3.3 sacks per game. But, Northwestern has been an underdog before in both of their most recent bowl games and they managed to take it to the wire then. Though Pat Fitzgerald had several weeks to prepare for this game, the question remains... was he able to fix the problems in time?

Kickoff is at 11:00 A.M. on ESPNU.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.