Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Northwestern vs. Texas Tech

Texas Tech's prolific spread offense heads to the TicketCity Bowl to face a Northwestern defense that struggled down the stretch.

Northwestern offense vs. Texas Tech defense • QB Evan Watkins filled in for Dan Persa in the final two games of the season after Persa suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, and while Watkins has prototypical size (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) and a rifle arm the redshirt freshman lacks experience and struggled with accuracy during his two starts. Those are critical areas in the Wildcats' spread system. On a positive note, Watkins has had a few weeks of practice and will face a Red Raiders pass defense that ranks dead last in the FBS (306.1 ypg). Northwestern offensive coordinator Mick McCall must get Watkins into the flow of the game early because a few early completions will give him the confidence to exploit Tech's spotty back seven.