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  • #16
    Been looking forward to this one! NW defense will be a great test for UNKs explosive offense. A lot of games this year UNK has had multiple big plays for TDs, I think NW does a good job of limiting those and UNK will have to show they can methodically drive a few times. Everyone’s been knocking UNKs defense, granted they have been less than consistent, but they have also been very clutch in moments getting interceptions and sacks when they are most needed. NW has a respectable run game that I think is their biggest threat. This is gonna be a must see for sure.

    The 2019 matchup UNK won by putting up a lot of points, but I remember NW dropped a couple TD passes standing in the end zone. Can’t count on those mistakes happening at home, but I think UNK comes out with a strong showing on both sides.

    UNK 35 NW 14

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    • #17
      Originally posted by NW Normal View Post
      I don't usually predict scores or outcomes; yet, I think NW will need to score at least 28 points to beat the Lopers.
      Thanks for the Massey link ZubCat. They are predicting a score of 28-21. I think that is more likely than Loper '18's prediction of "35 to 14" UNK on top.

      Northwest Offense has been averaging 32 points per game with the opponents scoring 9 per game. I am expecting a slugfest! Kearney has the QB; however, the NW defense is stout.

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      • #18
        UNK is pretty much one dimensional. NW has a way of beating teams that are such. UNK passing is all predicated on making the option work, and if the option don't work the QB is not one that will beat you standing in the pocket. He also doesn't have WRs that are scary either, nor RBs.

        NW will take this one.

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        • #19
          Davis was 12-20 for 344 yds against emporia.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by GorillaTeacher View Post
            Davis was 12-20 for 344 yds against emporia.
            That seems ok.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by NW Normal View Post

              Thanks for the Massey link ZubCat. They are predicting a score of 28-21. I think that is more likely than Loper '18's prediction of "35 to 14" UNK on top.

              Northwest Offense has been averaging 32 points per game with the opponents scoring 9 per game. I am expecting a slugfest! Kearney has the QB; however, the NW defense is stout.
              NW Defense is giving up just over 7 pts a game and has shut out 3 opponents-the other points were scored against the offense.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by PSR View Post
                UNK is pretty much one dimensional. NW has a way of beating teams that are such. UNK passing is all predicated on making the option work, and if the option don't work the QB is not one that will beat you standing in the pocket. He also doesn't have WRs that are scary either, nor RBs.

                NW will take this one.
                Davis has proven to be more than capable as a passer this season.

                84-130, 1573 yds, 15 TDs, 2 INTs, 196.6 YPG

                Teams have loaded the box and spied Davis to stop the run, and it's resulted in lots of wide open receivers or backs out of the backfield this season. Davis has hit them more often than not, and you don't need elite receiving skills when running uncovered.

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                • #23
                  I don't think this NW defense will completely shut down the option.

                  UNK run d will be what decides the game, imo.

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                  • #24
                    Pretty interesting game because both offenses rely so heavily on one guy.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by BearcatDude View Post
                      https://fb.watch/8UmOrGGk-z/
                      They did this 3 years ago for the UNK vs. NW football game in our tailgate area and, with the conference championship on the line for Homecoming, we'll do it again this year. Join us on Saturday in the SE corner of the Hughes parking lot for a "Look Around the League" - a complete pre-game breakdown of both teams before the big game. The Grand PooBah - Brandon Misener will be there, along with UNK radio's Jayson Jorgensen and NWs Matt Gaarder.

                      Everyone is invited to stop by and say hello- there will be tons of food.
                      Why are you at NW to talk about Hays vs Emporia?

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                      • #26
                        Davis carved us up in 2019 and did just enough through the air to keep us off the field. UNK dominated time of possession. I'm not that confident that we'll be able to make this game one dimensional... loading the box exposes the weakest part of our defense, so there will be plays out there for them if they can execute. We're going to have to score some points... I'd even like to get some in first half just for the hell of it.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Predatory Primates View Post
                          I don't think this NW defense will completely shut down the option.

                          UNK run d will be what decides the game, imo.
                          The one thing that we do good on defense is stop the option attack style offenses. Over the top is another story though.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by PSR View Post
                            UNK is pretty much one dimensional. NW has a way of beating teams that are such. UNK passing is all predicated on making the option work, and if the option don't work the QB is not one that will beat you standing in the pocket. He also doesn't have WRs that are scary either, nor RBs.

                            NW will take this one.
                            Are we really starting this one dimensional crap again

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by GreenwoodBearcat View Post

                              The one thing that we do good on defense is stop the option attack style offenses. Over the top is another story though.
                              Can confirm.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by loper legionnaire View Post

                                Davis has proven to be more than capable as a passer this season.

                                84-130, 1573 yds, 15 TDs, 2 INTs, 196.6 YPG

                                Teams have loaded the box and spied Davis to stop the run, and it's resulted in lots of wide open receivers or backs out of the backfield this season. Davis has hit them more often than not, and you don't need elite receiving skills when running uncovered.
                                I’m not doubting his numbers. It’s why he has them. Teams have their eyes in the backfield watching him and the WRs run right by them. His TDs he had passing at Pitt came to receivers who were in their own zip code. And that is my whole emphasis. If a team can stop the run with the front, as NW has done then the safety and the dbacks are not looking at Davis and letting their responsibility run by them. Plus, NW will be able to get pressure with the front four allowing a defender to spy Davis.

                                UNK hasn’t had to prove they can beat you with pocket passing. I don’t think UNK has the players to do that.

                                It all boils down to that big word…..IF.

                                If NW controls the option, then UNK is done.

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