Indiana State will face their biggest opponent left on the schedule this Saturday, taking on the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. While both teams were 3-3 on October 12, each team has gone opposite directions. ISU is looking to break their three-game losing, and UNI is looking to extend their winning streak to four games. If ISU is wanting to finish the season at .500, they will have to win this game against a tough Panther squad.
Northern Iowa and ISU have played similar opponents so far this year in South Dakota and Illinois State. Indiana State has lost both games, and Northern Iowa has won both. With UNI being ranked number ten in the FCS rankings and beating #7 Illinois State last weekend, this will be the third team ISU will play this year that is ranked inside the top ten. Coming off a great defensive performance last week versus SIU, the Sycamores will hope to keep that momentum going for them. The only difference is that last week, SIU was a run-first team. This UNI team seems to be a pass-first team with QB Will McElvian leading the charge. His lowest passing yard total for a game this season has been 131 yards, and he has thrown for under 200 yards in only two games this year. After showing flashes of a pass rush by Moala and Fotu against SIU, one of the keys to the game will be to get pressure on McElvian and make him make mistakes through the air. The DBS for ISU will be tested in this MVFC showdown this weekend. And for the offensive side of the ball, the key of the game will be to try to start hot and not be put in a hole early in this game. If the UNI offense does click and get some quick scores, the ISU offense will need to do a great job to try to match the explosive offense that UNI owns.