#2 Northern Iowa @ #1 North Dakota State
by, 10-05-2013 at 02:28 PM (2668 Views)
FARGO, N.D.--After a little break in my coverage, I am back this Saturday in Fargo to see the top two teams in the GPI battle in this Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.
Both teams have had a win over a BCS Big 12 team and both are ranked in the top of the ranks defensively.
This is the Trees Bowl at the Fargodome--the annual game that is sponsered by the ND Forestry Service.
Both teams are also coming off of impressive wins last week. NDSU winning at South Dakota State and UNI winning at home over McNeese State. Both opponents were ranked in the top 10 in each of the FCS polls prior to their games.
In this game, I think it will be a battle of defenses and what offense can crack the opponents. NDSU leads the country in giving up just 7.8 points per game and UNI is just behind with 11.8.
The home field for the Bison might help with a sold out crowd inside on a dreery day outside in Fargo. Nearly 19.000 screaming NDSU fans are expected to file inside.
The key for the Panthers will be to keep in close and to likely have some momentum early to keep the crowd out of the game.
I think UNI will keep it close but given the home field, the Bison defense and quarterback Brock Jensen, I believe NDSU will come out on top.
I can't wait to see this game. Last year around this same week, NDSU played Youngstown State who was rated in the Top 5 as well and gave them a pounding but this will not be that game I don't believe.
Let's get this started!!!!!