Headscratcher: Northwestern has cryptic response to latest rankings for the Wildcats
The Northwestern football Twitter account has been a bold and saucy voice for the Wildcats during the school’s rare 5-0 start to the season.
On the Friday before the Wisconsin game, the B1G Cats tweeted out a video of a greenskeeper mowing down the natural grass field to a fairway-length fast track, throwing down the gauntlet for the Badgers to try to beat them with speed. The team made good on the challenge, upsetting Wisconsin 17-7 and forcing five Badgers turnovers en-route to victory.
On Sunday, the account got back to work, making a sarcastic-emoji note of both the AP and Coaches’ Poll rankings, which installed Northwestern at 11 and 13, respectively. The implication seemed to be that the Wildcats felt they were worth more after dispatching the mighty Badgers, a pre-season playoff pick in many circles, along with a now red-hot Iowa, Purdue, Maryland, and Nebraska to open up autumn 2020.
And the Wildcats might have a legitimate argument. According to ESPN, Northwestern has the best strength of schedule record in the entire country, ahead of unbeaten Alabama, Notre Dame, and Cincinnati, amongst others. According to the network’s metric, Northwestern had only a nine-percent chance of getting to 5-0, by far the lowest percentage on the entire list.
The most treacherous weekends of the schedule are behind the Wildcats, with only Michigan State, Minnesota, and Illinois between them and an undefeated regular season. If they run the table, Northwestern would most likely meet an unbeaten Ohio State team in the Big Ten Championship game, and whatever snark the account may have to offer before that showdown ought to be worth hearing.