It’s pretty clear who should run the Northwestern offense. It’s also pretty clear how they should game plan. This was all evident in the handling of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday.
Kain Colter, not Trevor Siemian is NU’s starting quarterback. There should be no rotation or switcheroo. This is Colter’s team. And they need to keep things on the ground.
The Wildcats accrued 349 yards on the ground with Venric Mark getting 95 by halftime and finishing with 162 yards on 16 carries. He broke off a 72 yarder in the first half.
Colter finished with 166 yards on 26 carries, three touchdowns. He also made a play with his arm, hitting Christian Jones for a 47 yard touchdown. Colter finished 6 of 9 passing for 80 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
But the ground game is what works for the Cats. With Colter taking the snaps, and presenting a running threat to complement Mark. Siemian under center makes NU one-dimensional, Colter makes them unpredictable. They need to stick with what works.
On the defensive ...