12 Oct Utah Tech (1-4) @ Northern Iowa (2-4)
Last Time Out:
Utah Tech is coming off there bye week prior to that they fell to ACU 26-10.
Quali Conley rushed for 151 yards and 1 TD in the loss. The sophomore back also became the ninth rusher in the program’s NCAA era to reach the 1,000-yard plateau and he moved into 8th on UT’s career rushing list (1,123). He also touts 3 games over 100 yards this season.
Northern Iowa is coming off a heartbreaking 23-21 loss to Illinois St trailing 23-14 start of the the scored and cut it to 23-21 and drove into redbird territory but could not score.
The Trailblazers are searching for a key signiture win to spark the 2nd half of the season if they can grab this road win the Blazers need to find the high octane offense they had early in the season, while the running game has come along the passing game hasnt been able to light up the scoreboard, in the last 3 outings…but the Trailblaers should have Kobe Tracy back as their starting qb after he missed the ACU game due to a concussion.
UT-Key to winning-Protect the QB. Getting Joey Hobert the ball in space = good things, findling a way to consistantly move the chains and sustain drives will take pressure off the defense, TOP is big unless the offense gets the big hitter plays over the top. Defense will beed to stop a balanced attack and win on the Money downs and get some takeaways, and the special teams will beed to be sound for the blazers to beat a good and well coached Missouri Valley team.
Other Blazers to watch:
Offense -Malachi Fakahua, David Fisher, Deven Osborne,Damani Wilkes
Defense- Syrus Webster, Tyrell Grayson, & Malaki Malaki, Jordan Scott
The Panthers are a perrinial playoff team that is off to a slow start this year but Coach Farley knows with this schedule that is they can get 6-7 wins they can sstill make the post season. This is a must win for that to happen and the dome creates a big home field advantage. Theo Day has complete 64% for 1542 yards 10 tds and 4 int’s. His 10 tds have went to 6 different Wr’s His favorite target is Sam Schnee who has 26 grabs for 365 yards. On the Ground the Panthers are lead by Dom Williams who averages 5.9 yards per carry and has 4 rushing Td’s.
ACU- Key to winning– establish balanced offense, Day needs to spread the ball around and find the open guy, Line needs to Be Physical, Defense will need to Pressure Tracy and bracket or double team Joey Hobert. Disguise defense and Blitz effectively.
Other Wilcats to watch:
Offense: Deion McShane, Vance McShane, Quan Hampton
Defense: Spencer Cuvelier, Korby Sander, Devin Rice