Northwestern and Wisconsin will be a defensive showdown. For Pat Fitzgerald, this battle is par for the course: 'It's the Midwest way.'

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald’s gravely voice escalated as he talked about defense.The way a judge might discuss the constitution or an artist might describe Picasso, his delivery became filled with passion and adoration as he mentioned the side of the ball on which he once played.Fitzgerald nearly scoffed mentioning the flashy offense of today’s youngsters as he made a point about the importance of stone-cold knockout defense.“You look at grade school and high school football now. There’s a lot of seven-on-seven (teams), the guys who go play in those and get their spark rating up and get …

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