Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bearcat Preview: Washburn

NWMSU - 42
Emporia State - 28

Last week Bolles and Soy continued their mind meld and hooked up for two TD's. Simmons exploded with 224 all-purpose yards and a score. But the game was tied through three quarters until the Bearcat D came through with two pickSixes in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Here's a look at this week's game:

The Essentials
Northwest Missouri State Bearcats (5-1, 5-0)at
Washburn Ichabods (4-3, 3-2)
Saturday, October 23rd 1:00 pm CDT at Yager Stadium

Offense
This should be a great offensive game to watch. Washburn comes in as the conferences 2nd ranked total offense and 3rd ranked scoring offense (10th and 22nd nationally). They are led by Jr QB Dane Simoneau and SR WR Joe Hastings who leads the nation in reception yards and is 4th in yards/game. SO RB Vershon Moore is a beast, racking up 5.59 yards/carry for 116.57 yards/game good for 13th nationally.

Northwest of course is the most efficient and highest scoring offense in the MIAA and 10th in that category nationally. Bolles and Soy continue to roll and Simmons continues to chug along on the ground, but is really showing value in the return game.

Bolles and Simoneau are virtually the same. Hastings is the best receiver in the conference with Soy right there behind him. Washburn clearly has the advantage at running back. So watch for some serious offense in this game.

Defense
This is where the scales tip towards the Bearcats. Washburn's defense is terrible. Last in the conference in scoring D and second to last in total defense. Wasburn is very susceptible to the pass where they rank 140th nationally. The Northwest offense shouldn't have any problems moving the ball and scoring at will.

The Bearcats, on the other hand, are the best scoring defense in the conference and at 22nd nationally in total D. Although they will have their hands full with this Washburn offense they should keep them below their season average.

Outcome
The last five regular season contests between these two teams have been decided by 5 points or less (2005 playoff game was won by NWMSU by 10). For some reason Washburn scheduled the Cats for their homecoming. Although history tells us this game will be close, with Washburn being so poor on the defensive side of the ball, I can't see it.

Look for the Bearcats to make a few more stops on defense and roll on offense. We should see a fairly high scoring game something like 55 - 35.

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