Saturday's clash between the Dayton Flyers and the Indiana State Sycamores will go down as the first game in a three-game home stand for ISU. The Flyers head to Terre Haute for battle.
In a series that dates back to 1975, both programs share a respectable win. Both of the previous match ups took place in Terre Haute. The Sycamores took the first win on October 18, 1975, with a score of 56-14. At the same spot a year later, the Flyers edged out a 20-14 victory.
Indiana State's Kaleb Brewer earned the League's Defensive Player of the Week award following his performance against Kansas in Lawrence. The Sycamores dominated the line of scrimmage last week with 11 tackles for loss. However, there is still work to be done within ISU secondary. Towards the end of the game, the secondary did a good job on coverage but some mental errors allowed big plays from the Kansas offense that ended up being the difference in this loss for the trees.
Indiana State head football coach, Curt Mallory and his staff made one of the strongest 180-degree turn arounds in collegiate football in 2018 after leading the Sycamores to a 7-4 finish. Coach said,” It starts with the people I surround myself with, I have been blessed to have a great staff and I think that’s been the key.” Coach would not be in the position he is in today with the guys on his sideline, especially after a third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and a No. 22 national ranking. After week one, the Sycamores plan on adding more to their stats.
Among conferences, the MVFC is the top-rated league in the FCS. Ranking it ahead of two FBS leagues; Conference USA and the Sun Belt (West Division). The Sycamores are ranked 16th in both the AFCA Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Poll. Indiana State entered the Top-25 this previous season after milking five-straight wins in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Following week one, Indiana State increased to 14th in the Coaches Poll, furthermost for the Sycamores since 2012.
The contest is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Stadium. The game will be live on ESPN alongside Baylee Chamberlain as play by play and David Cruz as color commentary. The first 500 fans to arrive will earn a free Pepsi while the Tribune Star will issue out game programs for free as well.