Indiana State @ Northern Iowa
by, 10-08-2011 at 03:16 PM (1814 Views)
CEDAR FALLS, IA--I am in Panther country today for the game between the Sycamores (4-1, 2-0 MVFC) and Panthers (3-1, 2-0 MVFC). It is homecoming here in Cedar Falls and are expecting a near sell-out in the UNI-Dome.
Both teams are ranked and this should be a good contest. Indiana State has not between Northern Iowa since 2002 but this year's team likely is the best since that season for Coach Trent Miles.
Coach Mark Farley's Panthers are a point away from being undefeated--a late score by another game I attended by Iowa State in the season opener prevented a Panther upset.
Last year, UNI defeated ISU 30-20 on the road and I think this game will be similar. I look for both teams running games to be good with UNI's senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie and redshirt freshman David Johnson doing the most of the damage thus far. For Indiana State, it will be junior Shakir Bell.
The Sycamores also have one of MVFC's top quarterbacks in Ronnie Fouch so I would look for them to pass a little more than the Panthers.
But with the home field, I think the Panthers have the advantage in this game. We shall see how this one plays out.