Game day! Finally, we get that chance to erase the fiasco that was this week. Our predictions are in -- if things go according to plan, Western Illinois has no plan. But there are still many things to watch. Will Tanner McEvoy look any better as a passer? Melvin Gordon's fully healthy, right? Can the defensive front hold up without Warren Herring?
B5Q's Zach Wingrove had a wonderful preview of Western Illinois earlier this week. Here's an excerpt:
For Western Illinois, second year head coach Bob Nielson hopes to see his team rebound after finishing last season with a 4-8 record (2-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference). Nielson has had success as a head coach at the previous four schools that he has been at (Ripon, Wartburg, Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Minnesota-Duluth), totaling a career record of 174-67-1. At Minnesota Duluth, Nielson won two NCAA Division II championships. He looks to bring that success to Western Illinois, where the Leathernecks are vying for their first winning season since 2010. On Thursday, they started off on the right foot as they trounced Valparaiso 45-6.