This season was bound to happen. Plain and simple, it was coming.
After one of the program’s most historic seasons in over 20 years, it might seem fair to expect a difficult follow up act, especially against a front-loaded schedule for a program that has made a recent habit of starting slow. What’s interesting, though, is how this team isn’t that different from last year’s group.
NU has won 16 of 20 one-possession games over the past four years, attributable in part to timely plays and some luck. The margin of error was — and still is, as evidenced by this season — thin, and the ball consistently bouncing Northwestern’s way is not a sustainable way of winning.