They say you shouldn't get too excited about Week 1 in football. Don't get too down if your team looks bad, and don't let yourself get too psyched if you have a great game.
The old adage is especially true for Central Missouri and Lindenwood. The Mules appeared mostly incompetent in their opening night loss at Missouri Western, but turned things around quite impressively with a 50-31 victory over No. 16 Emporia State.
Lindenwood, on the other hand, was completely shut
Updated 09-11-2014 at 11:12 PM by Aaron Heintzelman
Some are coming off a big win. Others return to action after disappointing losses. Regardless of which side of the fence they're on, several MIAA teams that are already facing pivotal points of their season are up for more tests this week.
Central Missouri laid a big fat egg last week in St. Joseph, falling to a offensively-inept Missouri Western team that is still trying to figure out how to replace Travis Partridge at quarterback. This week, they open their home season with the
Emporia State and Northwest Missouri rolled - as expected - to easy victories Thursday night as MIAA football opened the season, while Missouri Western and Lindenwood pulled out tight victories. Central Oklahoma also started their season with a victory.
In Emporia, the Hornets used 2 defensive touchdowns in a 14-second span in the second quarter (they hadn't scored on defense in nearly 2 years) to build a 29-13 halftime lead and never really looked back en route to a 53-28 victory.
Updated 09-05-2014 at 01:15 PM by Aaron Heintzelman
Here's a look at my predicted outcomes for Week 1 of MIAA football, set to kick off Thursday night when 10 of the conference's 12 teams take the field. More preseason coverage can be found on my blog homepage at www.tinyurl.com/miaarond2.
Central Missouri at No. 22 Missouri Western
Thursday, Sept. 4; 7 p.m.
Spratt Stadium; St. Joseph, Mo.
Last year, UCM head coach Jim Svoboda didn't name a starting QB until the Mules took the field against the Griffons.
Here's a look at my preseason MIAA rankings. As I note in a separate blog, I don't think anybody, even mighty Northwest Missouri, will run the table in 2014 as the league moves to an all-inclusive schedule.
But I do think Northwest is good enough to stay at the top of the standings and share a conference crown. I'm putting Pittsburg State as my No. 2 and early pick to share the title, but I'm telling you right now I think any team 2-6 can land in any of those spots, and don't count
Updated 08-07-2014 at 01:41 AM by Aaron Heintzelman