2021 Record: 3-9 (1-8)
2021 was the worst season Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald has had in his tenure at his alma mater. Northwestern featured one of the worst offenses in the Power 5 conferences. In twelve games, the Wildcats could only muster 199 points. The defense was not much better and surrendered almost 30 points a game. Just a terrible season all around.
History suggests that Northwestern won’t be as bad this season.
Only once since Pat Fitzgerald took over in 2006 has he had back-to-back losing seasons. The roster suggests otherwise.
Just like most teams that struggle, Northwestern has to find a quarterback. Northwestern also has to revamp a defense that was last in the Big Ten in rush defense.
Fitzgerald has proven to be a good coach that can take undertalented teams and make bowl games. In 2022 this seems almost impossible.