Illinois State @ Eastern Illinois
by, 09-01-2011 at 05:45 PM (1065 Views)
Charleston, IL--I am ready for some football with the Mid-America Classic in a hot and steamy Charleston with temperatures right now at 98 degrees between the Redbirds and Panthers. This is the 100th meeting between these two teams. This is the first year these teams will be playing for this trophy.
This is legendary coach Bob Spoo's final season with EIU. This is 25th season for the Panthers. He holds a 10-10-1 record against ISU. ISU holds the all-time record with a 51-39-9. The two teams first met in 1901.
ISU's coach Brock Spack is in his third season with a 12-10 overall mark thus far.
Last year, EIU finished just 2-9 but did win two of their final three contests. ISU finished last year at 6-5 and was probably just one win away from the playoffs.
In the preseason rankings, EIU is selected fifth in the preseason Ohio Valley poll. ISU is selected also fifth in their conference of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Tonight's game is also being broadcast regionally on Comcast Chicago and kickoff is slated for 6:37 Central.
ISU won last year's contest 27-23 to end last season's schedule for both teams in a game that had five lead changes.
I believe this game will also be similar to the that ended last season. I think the road time will come out on top but probably in a similar back and forth fashion.