• After facing four consecutive opponents ranked inside the top-10 and emerging 3-1, the Northern Iowa football team is due for an easy win, right? Think again. Missouri State (3-6, 2-4) hosts the playoff-hopeful Panthers (4-3, 4-2) Saturday and the Bears are equipped to add spoiler to their 2017 resume.
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  • Take a deep dive into Northern Iowa’s defensive turnaround and Keelon Brookins’ name will come up. A graduate transfer from Wisconsin, Brookins is excelling at a position UNI (5-4, 4-2) head coaches have routinely spoke of as critical to the success or failure of their defense. It’s a position Brookins said himself is “key.”
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  • Ben Jacobson has built a reputation throughout as an aggressive scheduler. He routinely finds non-conference games that prepare his Panthers for the grind of their Missouri Valley Conference schedule. Perhaps most importantly, Jacobson’s non-conference scheduling gives his teams the opportunity to build an RPI that could win them an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
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  • It sure hasn’t been the prettiest march through the FCS’ toughest schedule (per Sagarin), but Northern Iowa’s ability to respond each time it’s been knocked down this season is what makes it a dangerous opponent.
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  • Head coach Tanya Warren met the media today to recap the Panthers 80-53 exhibition win over Sioux Falls yesterday. Coach Warren also looked ahead to the regular season opener against IUPUI.
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  • Head coach Ben Jacobson met the media today to recap the Panthers exhibition season that ended yesterday with a 72-66 win over UNC Pembroke. Coach Jacobson also looked ahead to the regular season opener against No. 9 North Carolina.
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  • Head coach Bobbi Petersen met the media today and recapped a 2-0 weekend that featured home wins over Evansville and Indiana State. Coach Petersen also looked ahead to this weekend's matches against Missouri State and Southern Illinois.
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  • Head coach Mark Farley met the media today to discuss Saturday's 34-29 win over then No. 6 South Dakota and this Saturday's game against Missouri State.
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