After a taxing 2019 season, Pat Fitzgerald’s Northwestern squad has rebounded and then some in 2020.

The Wildcats are off to a perfect 4-0 start. They appear to be the biggest obstacle to Wisconsin winning the Big Ten West outside of the pandemic. That theory will be put to the test on Saturday as Northwestern travels to Madison.

In the midst of the Wildcats preparing for their biggest game of the season thus far, Fitzgerald held his regularly scheduled Monday press conference.

Before getting into the matchup with the Badgers, Fitzgerald awarded his players of the week.

Through four games, Northwestern’s defense has been the talk, especially during the second half of games. Up until Week 4 against Purdue, the Wildcats hadn’t allowed a point in the second half.

That defense will be tested on Saturday as Northwestern faces a Wisconsin team that is multi-dimensional.

Offensively, the Wildcats have done enough. But it appears that Fitzgerald is looking for more.

Here’s what else Fitzgerald had to say.