Thursday, October 20, 2011

Battle of the Tigers

This will be a quick post, but just wanted to get a few thoughts out there.

This weekend, DWU travels to Crete, Neb., to take on Doane. Both teams (both the Tigers!) are coming off a loss to Morningside. (Doane is technically coming off a bye week, but they last time it played it lost to Morningside). Both teams are trying to avoid dropping any farther -- or falling out of -- the NAIA poll. DWU is 19. Doane is 18. Needless to say, this is a big game.

Stat-wise, it's nearly impossible for the two teams to be any more similar. The biggest, and only of the only, major differences is in pass defense, which could be a plus for our Tigers. Doane is sixth in the league in pass defense and we're first. We're No. 1 in pass offense, they're No. 2. We're No. 1 in total offense and scoring offense, they're No. 3. Our QB is No. 1 in the league, theirs is No. 2. We have three of the league's top receivers, they have two. It goes on and on.

Basically, we're going to have to stop their passing game. Neither team has really established much of a running game so far this season, so it's no secret we're both going to pass, pass and pass again.

A win would be especially huge for the DWU Tigers because we end the season with a handful of tough games. After Doane it's Northwestern, Midland and Nebraska Wesleyan. Doane has Hastings, Concordia and Dordt. We could use some momentum for the last three games of the season. Plus, winning out wouldn't hurt our playoff chances at all.

That's it. Told you this would be a short one. Who ya rootin' for?!

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