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    Collegefootballnews.com UNI game preview

    Not a bad prediction. They seem to give UNI a ton of credit and think UNI will put a good scare into ISU. 11 points seems a bit slight for the spread, I think more like 14-17 at least...

    Northern Iowa (2-2) at Iowa State (2-1)
    7:00 PM EST Saturday September 30th
    Why to Watch: This is hardly a normal D-I vs. D-IAA matchup as Northern Iowa is currently ranked 13th in the nation among D-IAA teams and has a good history against the Cyclones winning in 1992 and 1994. But that was over ten years ago and Iowa State is a much stronger program now. The Cyclones are saying all the right things about taking this game seriously, but it's still a sandwich game between the 37-14 loss at Texas and next week's must-have showdown against Nebraska.
    Why Northern Iowa Might Win: The Panthers can move the ball. Mostly a running team thanks to sophomore Corey Lewis, UNI will force Iowa State to stack up early against the run, and that could pose a problem. Despite not playing anyone who bombs away like a Texas Tech or Hawaii, the Cyclones are giving up 276 passing yards per game and are having problems in every way. UNI, led by Walter Payton Award candidate Eric Sanders at quarterback, can dink and dunk on the ISU secondary, and it can bomb away. If Lewis gets a little room to move, he'll put up some good numbers.
    Why Iowa State Might Win: Iowa State should be able to get the pass rush rolling. The Panther offensive line has good sized tackles, but they're not all that quick and should have problems with the Cyclones from the outside. On offense, this should be when QB Bret Meyer starts to get rolling. He's been effective and he showed in the first four games that he can put up yards, and now he has to get the passing game to a more dangerous level and start making more deep plays. He should be able to do that against the UNI secondary.
    Who to Watch: The 6-0, 187-pound Lewis had a decent freshman year for the panthers with a few good performances, and now he's the focal point of the offense rushing for over 100 yards in the first three games highlighted by a 196-yard, two touchdown day against South Dakota State averaging 12.25 yards per carry. He's a quick back who has to be stopped if Iowa State is going to avoid the upset.
    What Will Happen: Iowa State will be in for a big-time fight. This hasn't been the most consistent year on either side of the ball, and it's going to take a few tense, big plays late to finally put this away.
    CFN Prediction: Iowa State 34 ... Northern Iowa 23 ... Line: No Line
    Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) ... 2



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    Re: Collegefootballnews.com UNI game preview

    I thought Iowa State was 2-2 and Northern Iowa was 2-1



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    Re: Collegefootballnews.com UNI game preview

    Hope this one's wrong, but having seen UNI play (see my post under predictions), it could happen. Lewis, Sanders, and their kicker could play for us (wish they did!).



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    Re: Collegefootballnews.com UNI game preview

    UNI actually got beat by a Division II team this year. Granted, it was a good Division II team but that's like a Div 1 team losing to a Div 1AA team. I think they are highly over-rated this year.



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