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December 31, 2018

Wildcats comfortable as bowl underdogs again

No. 22 NU (8-5, 8-1 Big Ten) arrived in San Diego in a familiar position: the underdogs.

“We’ve played some pretty darn good teams (in bowls). Here we go again,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s nothing new to us.”

The Cats are also chasing history on Monday. A win would give NU a third consecutive bowl victory for the first time in school history, and just the fifth such triumph for the program.

If the past two victories are any indication — a 31-24 defeat of Pittsburgh and a 24-23 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl last year that came down to the final minute — the Cats’ recipe for success could be in a contested, see-saw affair.

“We’ve found a way to get it done. They’ve not necessarily been very pretty,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve made plenty of mistakes, that happens in the postseason when you’ve had that much time off. We found a way to win.”

NU’s defense will miss injured linebacker Nate Hall and DT Jordan Thompson ( anchors the run defense in the middle of the defensive line ).

a distraction has descended — like it or not — upon the Wildcats as they prepare for their game Monday against Utah in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. According to an NFL Network report, the Packers are targeting Fitzgerald as a potential replacement for Mike McCarthy.

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