I guess we have to award a winner for last week's prediction thread....feels a bit weak. All three of us had NU but LCH and Trash were tied closer in score. So up to date prediction thread leaders:Trash-5, LCH-3, TomOs/TJ-1, Nono 1.
MD opened as a 1.5 favorite, climbed to 3 and is currently at 2. Looking at the records, Sagarin ratings does have these teams at nearly a dead heat. MD 46th, NU 51st. So NU SHOULD be favored at home. Why not you ask??? Because we are dead freaking LAST in turnovers lost! Not a surprise based on what we've watched but a real big sheesh to that. MD cones in at a mid-pack 56th FWIW.
So for this one, I'm sparing you much of the defensive/offensive breakdowns as MD is a much better offense (usually) and we are a much better defense (usually). IF we can keep the turnover battle at even or better, I think it's a 6th win and just ultimate jubilation across the NU fab world that we are finally bowl eligible LOL. The staff is saying the right things. Haarberg has to get back to "delivering blows and playing fun again". Quit "overthinking/analyzing". "Retraining the defense's eyes". Etc, etc.
Hopefully Satterfield can keep it relatively simple....so as long as we're not down 14-0 after the 1st. The injuries matter but let's also remember the teams we are playing are like us. Not good. At all. Here it says you better get this one and not be letting this sixth win linger! I'll let my fandom continue for one more game.....
MD 21 NU 23