Although they both started the season with losses, North Iowa and North Dakota will face off for what should be one of the best FCS games of the weekend on Saturday.
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Preview North Iowa vs. North Dakota
The North Iowa Panthers suffered a disappointing loss on the road against the Air Force to open the 2022-2023 season, so they are looking to bounce back against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in week two. North Dakota also lost in the first leg, losing 24–17 to Nebraska in the first week game.
This is the first match between these two teams since 2006. North Dakota head coach Bubba Schweigert told the Bismarck Tribune that he grew up watching these teams play each other.
“As a kid, I could watch them at Memorial Stadium with former coach Terry Allen playing quarterback for North Iowa,” said the Zeeland, North Dakota native. “So there’s a lot of history there. It will be fun to start a new relationship at a football conference in the Missouri Valley. We have great respect for their program. … It’s a big physical football team. Not a man under 300 (pounds) on the offensive line. … UNI is known for being very good defensively. It’s a tough, physical football team.”
He also said of their week 1 loss to Nebraska, “Overall, I think we competed hard and got good results throughout the game. I thought we were able to handle the environment. We have gained some confidence thanks to the large number of newcomers in the roster.”
Overall, though, he’s just happy to start the conference.
“It’s nice to play early in the league. You approach every FCS game trying to build your resume. You only have 11 shots. This is your guarantee,” Schweigert said. “I think fans going back to the NCC days will love the return of UNI to the city. We are very happy to be at home and happy to prepare for a good team.”
In his own preseason interview, Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley said his defensive side just has to do their job and do it well.
“Discipline… do your job, stay in tune with your job, because this is one of those games where you get hit so many times in different ways,” Farley said, adding: this, and in turn, this will, this is how you will withstand this attack and get back to your work and do it well again. This will be the whole dynamics of the game in defense.