Northwestern quieted a lot of critics on Saturday afternoon when the No. 19 Wildcats took out the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers. With the win, Northwestern is 5-0 on the season, the Big Ten west leader and a potential matchup for Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Barring big changes over the next three weeks, the two schools are on a collision course for the title game. Northwestern head coach
Before the game, Galloway didn’t think Northwestern had much of a chance to run the table and make the College Football Playoffs.
He even compared the athletic talent of the team to College GameDay host Rece Davis.
“Honestly, they’ve got a bunch of Rece Davises running around out there,” Galloway said.
Of course, Galloway was kidding at his colleague’s expense, but Fitzgerald decided to single out Galloway when talking during the postgame interview.
“How about these Fighting Rece Davises right here, huh Joey Galloway? How about the Fighting Rece Davises,” Fitzgerald said on the broadcast.
After the game, Fitzgerald expanded upon his thoughts about Galloway’s comments from earlier in the week.
“I mean, that really ticked guys off, I’m not gonna lie to you,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “It was, I thought, incredibly disrespectful. I just talked to the guys about putting fuel in their engine, man. Just use that as fuel in the engine and just go out and play the way we’re capable. We’ve got really, really good football players. We’ve got outstanding football players, in my opinion. We’ve got a bunch of guys who are going to be potentially All-Big 10, potentially All-American and potentially in the NFL.”
Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey looked solid and efficient, finishing the game 23 of 44 passing for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He managed to get the offense rolling despite a combined 24 yards on 23 carries in the run game.
The Wildcats defense surprised many on Saturday, making Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz look silly. Mertz was a hot name through his first two games, tearing up opposing defenses.
On Saturday, Northwestern limited Mertz to 23 of 41 passing for 230 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
If Northwestern keeps up this pace, they have Michigan State, Minnesota and Illinois left on the schedule, they’ll be 8-0 and playing for a Big Ten title, likely against Ohio State.
Perhaps the “Fighting Rece Davises” can match up well and knock off the Buckeyes. It’s a wonder what Galloway would say after that.
Northwestern (5-0) is scheduled to take on Michigan State (1-3) on Saturday on the road.