Maine football coach Jack Cosgrove admits Saturday's game against the Northwestern Wildcats is his team's biggest challenge - ever! It's hard to argue with the coach. The Black Bears' FBS opponent is 3-0 and ranked #18 or #16 depending on your poll of choice.

This is one of these step-up games that Maine plays for a money guarantee. UMaine gets paid several thousand dollars to go to Evanston, Illinois and the Bears are supposed to lose to the big boys.

Just don't tell Cosgrove and his players that.


Courtesy CAA

Maine is off to a 3-0 start to FCS play and ranked #29 or #25 depending on which poll you want to look at. Over the years Maine has won two of these guarantee games - just two weeks ago at UMass and several years ago a win at Mississippi State.