It is crisp out here by the lake today, though it is dry, unlike yesterday. I asked Tim Marlette this morning about the last time he played on real grass on a wet day. He couldn’t remember a time as a Coyote, so if we get some rain today, playing in the mud — probably not mud, but wet grass — will be something new for at least a few of the players.
There are pockets of Coyote fans tailgaiting around the stadium which is not exactly on campus, but close to it. Northwestern is getting a huge athletic renovation in the next year and everyone is fired up about it around here.
I’ve decided if the Coyotes can run the ball a little bit that they have a chance of staying in the game today. If they can run it, it means the Wildcat offense is on the sidelines occasionally. Coach Joe Glenn said earlier this week that USD is going to have to score quite a few points to stay in the game. Translation: Expect the Wildcats to move the ball via the run and the air.
I have a hunch — a hunch, mind you — that Will Powell will have a big game today…not prone to make predictions of any kind because I fail to see their value, but I think he’s due.
Wind will be enough of a factor to occasionally affect the passing game. Certainly the kicking game will be affected. I’d say it’s clicking along at 15 to 20 mph, sweeping from the Lake Michigan side of the field to what is referred to around here as the “non-Lake Michigan” side of the field. I took a few photos on my way into the stadium…..
In the above photo, you can see Lake Michigan in the distance…that white dome in the background sprouting up above the trees is part of the Northwestern campus. It is also where our 16th president, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, was both conceived and born.
Above, one of several USD gatherings outside the stadium today.
Above, Coyote fans who made the trip.
Above, Ryan Field…I’d guess they’re expecting 30,000 or so today. It seats about 47,000.