Baylor (2-1) at Iowa (3-0)
The basics: 11 a.m., Jack Trice Stadium, Ames
TV / Radio:ESPN2; KGYM (1600 AM), KWPC (860 AM), KJOC (1170 AM)
Storylines: Bears and Hurricanes are becoming an interesting Big 12 rivalry. They split the last six meetings by an average margin of six points. It’s the conference opening for both teams, and Iowa State has a chance to start a 4-0 season for the first time since 2000. She leads the 12 Big Hurricanes in scoring defense (9 ppg.) and overall defense (234.3 ypg.) and has eight takeaways. Blake Sharpen Baylor is an athletic quarterback who completes 68% of his throws and has a 4-to-1 touch-to-intercept ratio. Dillon Doyle moved to Baylor shortly after the Iowa Show split from his father and longtime strength coach, Chris Doyle, two years ago. Dillon has ranked second on the team in total competitions in each of the past two seasons.
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Northern Iowa (0-3) at Western Illinois (0-3)
The basics: 3 p.m., Hanson Field, Macomb, Illinois.
TV/Radio: Aspen Plus; KXEL (1540 AM)
The facts: UNI, who came off a 37-21 home loss to Sacramento State, has never started 0-4 in coach Mark Farley’s 22 seasons. While both teams rank the bottom ten in defense in FCS football (UNI 114 at 518 yards per game and West 117 at 534 yards), the difference could be UNI attack. The Panthers are ranked 24th nationally and QB Theo Day passes for about 300 yards per game. The Leathernics opened the season with losses to Tennessee Martin, Minnesota and Southern Utah. Expected to finish last in the MVFC in the pre-season coaches poll under first-year coach Myers Hendrickson, the Western threw four picks and lost a bump last week against Southern Utah.
Wheaton (1-1) at Augustana (2-0)
The basics: 6 p.m., Lindbergh Stadium, Rock Island
Live broadcast: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/augustana/
series: After winning his last 14 encounters, Wheaton leads the series 33-29-2. Augie’s last victory over the Thunder was a 17-14 decision in 2006.
The facts: It’s a family weekend on the Augustana campus, the reason the competition kicks off. …Thomas Hall (Jr., Metamora HS) will be returning to the Vikings center in place of Cole Bhardwaj (Jr., Algonquin Jacobs HS), who still has a wrist injury. … Senior Augie Bobby Incera was the CCIW Special Team Player of the Week this week. He returned five balls for 78 yards (15.6 yards per return) and set up his 27-yard touchdown in a 34-16 win over Elmhurst. … Wheaton is ranked No. 11 in the latest D3football.com vote. The Thunder opened the season with a 17-16 loss to ninth at Trinity (Texas) and CCIW opened play last week with a solid 42-7 win over Illinois Wesleyan. In last week’s game, Wheaton QB Will Bowers completed 23 of 29 pass attempts for 333 yards and four TDs as Thunder scored all 42 points in the first half. Powers threw 635 yards and five TDs in two games. …impressed by Oge Boyton’s TP coach Steve Bell, Giovanni Weeks (Sr., Kent City, Michigan), who leads Wheaton’s ground offensive with 74 yards and a hit. … Wheaton averages 29 points per game, 406.5 attacking yards and 354 defensive yards. Augie averages 34 points per game, 394 offensive yards and gives up 379 yards defensively.
Coach Steve Bell: “The key for us is that we have to execute. I think our kids understand the physique they bring to the table and the kind of Wheaton team because we have a lot of kids that have played against them before. It’s the ability to stay true to who we are and not panic. … The key for us is that we have to execute. Ours is to go into the game deep in the fourth quarter and then put it on the line.”
next one: The Vikings are on the road next Saturday, to face Milliken in Decatur. Play time is 1 pm