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W MICHIGAN (0 - 2) at NORTHWESTERN (2 - 0)
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Week 3 Saturday, 9/14/2013 9:00 PM
Board OpenLatest
185W MICHIGAN57.558
W MICHIGAN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-201-10-218.08.0344.5(4.3)3.026.517.0372.0(5.4)2.0
Road Games0-101-00-113.07.0204.0(2.7)
Last 3 Games0-201-10-218.08.0344.5(4.3)3.026.517.0372.0(5.4)2.0
Grass Games0-101-00-113.07.0204.0(2.7)
W MICHIGAN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.27152227:4738-208(5.5)16-3644.1%196(5.5)74-404(5.5)(15)
Offense Road Games13.07.014.026:4627-11(0.4)18-4837.5%193(4)75-204(2.7)(15.7)
Defense (All Games)26.517.018.030:3441-201(4.9)13-2749.1%170(6.2)68-372(5.4)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.19.21118.533:0039-165(4.2)16-3249.6%173(5.4)72-338(4.7)(17.6)
Defense Road Games26.013.018.033:1442-181(4.3)17-3745.9%116(3.1)79-297(3.8)(11.4)

NORTHWESTERN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-0+22-02-046.025.5544.5(7.2)1.528.58.5491.0(5.5)3.5
Home Games1-0+11-01-048.034.0581.0(7.2)
Last 3 Games2-0+22-02-046.025.5544.5(7.2)1.528.58.5491.0(5.5)3.5
Grass Games1-0+11-01-048.034.0581.0(7.2)
NORTHWESTERN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)46.025.524.531:1442-207(4.9)24-3373.1%337(10.1)75-544(7.2)(11.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.36.22021.530:1440-179(4.5)21-3266.4%320(10)72-499(6.9)(13.8)
Offense Home Games48.034.027.032:5344-206(4.7)30-3781.1%375(10.1)81-581(7.2)(12.1)
Defense (All Games)28.58.529.528:4534-113(3.3)34-5462.4%378(6.9)89-491(5.5)(17.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.811.825.230:4638-107(2.9)29-4959.4%358(7.3)87-464(5.4)(16.7)
Defense Home Games27.07.029.027:0734-133(3.9)29-4564.4%301(6.7)79-434(5.5)(16.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: W MICHIGAN 20,  NORTHWESTERN 35
W MICHIGAN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/30/2013@ MICHIGAN ST13-26L27.5W44U27-1118-48-193442-18117-37-1161
9/7/2013NICHOLLS ST23-27L-26.5L -44-23124-43-254240-22210-18-2253
9/14/2013@ NORTHWESTERN            
9/21/2013@ IOWA            
9/28/2013KENT ST            
10/5/2013@ TOLEDO            

NORTHWESTERN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/31/2013@ CALIFORNIA44-30W-5W61.5O40-20919-30-299335-9339-64-4553
9/14/2013W MICHIGAN            
10/5/2013OHIO ST            
10/12/2013@ WISCONSIN            
W MICHIGAN: It's a new era at WMU with coach Bill Cubit and QB Alex Carder gone. P.J. Fleck, 32, will ask QB Tyler Van Tubbergen (1,825 pass yds, 15 TD, 11 INT) to run a multiple-set offense. The best skill players left are WR Jaime Wilson (792 rec. yds, 6 TD) and RB Dareyon Chance (947 rush yds). The defense returns mostly intact, but will switch to a 4-3 (was 3-3-5), led by All-MAC S Justin Currie (98 tackles) and DB-turned-LB Johnnie Simon (103 tackles).
NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats' first bowl win since 1948 capped off a school-record-tying 10 wins, which could have been an even dozen (1-point loss to Nebraska, OT loss at Michigan). They did so with a run-heavy, zone-read offense (226 rush YPG, 19th in FBS). Although three starting O-linemen left, all skill-position starters return, most notably QB Kain Colter (872 pass yds, 8 TD, 4 INT; 894 rush yds, 12 TD) and RB Venric Mark (1,366 rush yds, 12 TD). QB Trevor Siemian (1,312 pass yds, 6 TD, 3 INT) is the better passer in the two-QB system. WR Christian Jones (412 rec. yds, 2 TD) leads an underwhelming receiving corps. The defense held eight opponents to 20 points or less last year and had 29 takeaways (T-20th in FBS). DE Tyler Scott (9 sacks, 12.5 TFL) is nearly unblockable and LB Chi Chi Ariguzo (91 tackles) had a hand in six forced turnovers. CB Nick VanHoose (3 INT) is an absolute blanket.
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*W. Michigan-Northwestern Preview* ==================================


Western Michigan (0-2) at No. 20 Northwestern (2-0), 9:00 p.m. EDT

A pair of victories over major-conference opponents aren't cause for celebration in the eyes of Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, whose lofty expectations for his squad still have him focused on improvement.

The 17th-ranked Wildcats are buying into his message.

Northwestern seeks its 15th straight non-conference home victory as it faces winless Western Michigan on Saturday night.

"There's nobody walking around here feeling we've arrived, I can promise you that," Fitzgerald said. "We are far from the team we're capable of being in all three phases."

That tone is familiar coming from Fitzgerald, who expects Northwestern (2-0) to contend for its first Big Ten title since being part of a three-way tie in 2000. The Wildcats beat California on the road 44-30 on Aug. 31 despite starting quarterback Kain Colter suffering a concussion on the second play, then defeated Syracuse 48-27 last week without injured running back Venric Mark.

"This is a very hungry, very focused ball club that has a determined approach to the way we're working right now," Fitzgerald said. "I'm looking forward to watching the way they work this week."

The Wildcats have done pretty well so far. They racked up 581 yards of total offense against Syracuse without committing a turnover, and the defense had four interceptions.

Linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo had a pick in the final minute of the first half for Northwestern, which has seven on the season to tie with Tennessee for the most in the country.

"Everyone's just focused on getting better and getting ready to play the next game," Ariguzo said. "We've got to keep our mindset that we can get better each week. We don't want to take any week for granted."

Northwestern doesn't want to get caught looking ahead to its showdown with No. 4 Ohio State on Oct. 5 with games against Western Michigan (0-2) and Maine, an FCS opponent, the next two weeks.

"You've always got to expect you're going to get the opponent's A game. So the focus is always on us," Fitzgerald said. "It's the way we prepare."

Colter seemed more than ready for last week's contest, finishing 15 for 18 for 116 yards and a touchdown while running for 87 and a score. He split time with pocket passer Trevor Siemian, who went 15 for 19 for 259 yards with three touchdowns and ranks 12th in the country at 16.2 yards per completion.

"He was really hungry to play," Fitzgerald said of Colter.

Fitzgerald used a similar description when discussing Marks, whose lower-body injury could keep him off the field again Saturday and possibly until the Ohio State contest. Backup Treyvon Green ran for 129 yards and two TDs on 16 carries after Marks went down against Cal, then finished with 66 yards and a touchdown last week.

Tony Jones, who caught nine passes for 185 yards and a score against Syracuse, is tied atop the Big Ten with 14 receptions for a Wildcats offense averaging 544.5 yards.

"We thought he'd be an impact player in what we do," Fitzgerald said. "He's really lived up to that everyday."

Things haven't gone as well for Western Michigan. After posting only 11 rushing yards in a 26-13 loss to Michigan State on Aug. 30, it suffered a 27-23 home loss last week to FCS opponent Nicholls State.

Quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen went 24 for 43 for 254 yards, but his two interceptions gave him four with zero touchdowns this season.

"We knew this was going to be a tough year," 32-year-old first-year coach P.J. Fleck said. "You've heard me say that this is going to be a building year. We have to dig a little deeper in to the foundation now."

Northwestern hasn't lost a non-conference game at home since falling 20-14 to Duke on Sept. 15, 2007.

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