Pat Fitzgerald has said all during Northwestern's conference losing streak that his Wildcats were close to winning.
And he's been right.
The big dogs continue to impress. The bottom feeders continue to come up empty. The Big Ten is certainly rife with haves and have nots.
Neither Northwestern nor Michigan figured they'd be in this situation when Nov. 16 rolled around.
When it comes to paying coaches the big bucks, the Big Ten is one of the big dogs.