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SimBull 2021 CFB Full Team Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats




SimBull 2021 CFB Full Team Breakdown: Northwestern Wildcats

Welcome to Vendetta’s SimBull CFB full team breakdowns, where the writers from Vendetta Sports Media will be analyzing all the Power 5 college football programs for their share value on SimBull. This edition looks at the Northwestern Wildcats.

2020 Record: 7-2 (6-1 Big Ten)

2021 Projected Win Total (via DraftKings): O/U 6

On The Field

The Fighting Rece Davises took the college football world by storm last season. The Wildcats won the Big Ten West division title – their second in three seasons – and capped off the year with a Citrus Bowl victory over Auburn. Pat Fitzgerald has put the Wildcats in the conversation for a Big Ten title berth every season, but Northwestern will need some magic to get back to Indianapolis this time around.

The Wildcats have replaced their wide receiving corps and also feature a new quarterback in former five-star Hunter Johnson. Through two games, the former Clemson QB has thrown for 349 yards and four touchdowns with one interception on a 66.1% completion rate. He’s going to need to step up in conference season, but he’s been solid. However, the running game is the crux of their attack and if you believe in that system of offense, you may want to consider buying them. Tailbacks Evan Hull and Anthony Tyus III have taken the majority of the touches in the backfield, combining for 297 yards rushing and two touchdowns – both by Hull. On the other side of the ball, the defense has struggled in stifling opponents’ run game. A massive test is coming this week in the Nerd Bowl against Duke.

The Wildcats will face three current top 25 teams in conference play – Michigan and Wisconsin away from home, with Iowa at Ryan Field. However, games against Nebraska, Rutgers, Purdue and Illinois do have Northwestern fans, and potential SimBull CFB investors, optimistic about winning. Two non-conference games against Ohio and Duke, respectively, and you could be looking at seven wins or more.

In the Market

Northwestern currently has a share price of $48.37, which ranks fifth among the 14 Big Ten teams and 16th among the 65 Power Five teams. That price is remarkably high for a team that has not been consistent on either side of the ball against Michigan State and Indiana State. The Wildcats do have a favorable stretch of schedule, but it isn’t a 100% lock that they secure four consecutive victories. If they do enter the Michigan game at 5-1, then it may be worth holding on to the share. The wide receiving corps and defense are both young and the future is bright in Evanston. Fitzgerald will always have a good culture, so keeping the Wildcats in your portfolio isn’t a bad idea.

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