UNI at Indiana State, 6pm TONIGHT
The UNI Panthers open Missouri Valley action with a rare Thursday night game at Indiana State. It is a quick turnaround for the Panthers who posted a lopsided win over Hampton on Saturday.
That’s Panther coach Mark Farley who says playing on the road on a Thursday night is even more of a challenge.
Farley says this is a much better Sycamore team than the one the Panthers beat 41-3 in the regular season finale last year.
Indiana State enters the league race with a record of 2-1.
Iowa State at TCU, 4:30 pregame, 6:30 kickoff
Iowa State receiver Hakeem Butler says the Cyclones need to limit mistakes when they visit TCU. In a 1-2 start to the season ISU is a minus-two in turnover margin.
Butler says he and quarterback Zeb Noland have deloped good chemistry. Noland will make his third start for the injured Kyle Kempt.
Butler says the Cyclones need to be physical against a TCU defense that is built on speed.
Iowa State corner DeAndre Payne says they need to prevent the TCU offense from getting momentum.
Payne says the Cyclones will need to deal with the TCU speed at receiver.
Payne says the Cyclone defense needs to find a way to start creating turnovers.
Iowa’s Bye Week
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes will use their bye week to build depth. Iowa is 3-1 after a loss to Wisconsin and will return to action October sixth at Minnesota.
Ferentz has been pleased with the improvement on offense. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley has passed for 567 yards in the last two games.
The play of the tight ends has been a big part of the growth. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant have combined for 30 catches and four touchdowns. Fant had two scores against the Badgers and says the bye week comes at a good time.