Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/27/12
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 side, NU got to Hawkeyes QB James Vandenberg three times, giving them more sacks so far this season than all of last year. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; and he’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too
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