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    Wow, week six already. The season is half over. Time files like an arrow, and fruit flies like a banana.

    Northern State @ Concordia-St. Paul - Concordia has had a tough schedule so far this season, already playing USF, Mankato and Duluth. Understandably they dropped those games. However, their program has taken a good jump forward this season. Northern seems to have gone the other direction, with their only win coming against Minot. For that reason I'm taking the Golden Bears at home.

    Upper Iowa @ Minot State - I had a very good chat with a Minot fan last weekend during halftime. We talked about the challenges that have faced Minot in the last couple of years. Coach Aldrich seems to have the program heading in the right direction, but they're probably still a couple seasons out from becoming more competitive. The Peacocks have been competitive in some games, but overall have struggled. Despite UIU's inconsistency and the extremely long trip for them to Minot, I'm going to take the Peacocks in this one.

    Wayne State @ St. Cloud State - Here's a game that looks a little ho-hum in the hype department, but actually has the potential to be a pretty good game. Both teams seem to be very close to each other ability-wise. I could see either team walking away with this one, but I'm going to go with the upset pick and choose Wayne even though they have a worse record.

    Minnesota Duluth @ Augustana - Augie recovered from their Key to the City loss in a big way, taking out their frustrations on Crookston. The Vikings have some firepower on offense, and if they're clicking can be tough to stop. This will likely be the best offense the Bulldogs have seen yet this season. If Augie plays like they did against Mankato, then I think we could see an upset. I think Augie has the potential to do so, but I'm not enough of a gambler so I'm going to go with the safe pick of Duluth.

    Sioux Falls @ Bemidji State - Game of the week, IMO. In looking at the stats, both teams look very similar: run 1st offenses that can put up a lot of points. Fairly stingy defenses. On paper it looks fairly evenly matched. USF has had a slightly more difficult schedule. Bemidji will probably be looking for revenge from the last meeting of these two teams when they decided to go for a win with a 2 point conversion at the end of the game and wound up fumbling to lose. USF seems to be finding its groove. Bemidji will be at home for homecoming. This should be a really good matchup and because I have to pick one I'll go with the Coo simply because: Gabe Watson.

    U-Mary @ Winona State - Winona is pretty physically banged up, with the loss of key players greatly affecting a team that most considered would be in the thick of the playoff hunt. I'm not saying they're out of it, but so far they just haven't looked like the dominating team that most of us expected them to be this season. Mary is in full-on rebuilding mode. I think this will be a good chance for Winona to get that dominating win that so far has eluded them this season.

    Minnesota State @ MSU Moorhead - Last week I picked the Dragons for the upset down at UIU. I don't have the guts to pick them in an upset two weeks in a row. Unfortunately for Moorhead I can see this game being pretty one-sided.

    Minnesota Crookston @ Southwest Minnesota State - I think this game might wind up closer than in years past. Crookston's QB seems to be pretty good, which leads to a poor matchup for the SMSU defense. However, I don't think Crookston has the defense to stop the Mustang's offense. This game might be a bit less one sided than we would expect, but I think SMSU comes away with a victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
    Sioux Falls @ Bemidji State - Game of the week, IMO.
    I agree. This should be the best matchup. Too bad this isn't a night game- I could stop in on my way back from Moorhead to watch. But there are less and less night games in the NSIC. Makes sense in November, but not in September or early October.

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    In many ways this is a big test weekend for the NSIC north bullies with Bemidji at home facing a very powerful Sioux Falls team that really found it's stride in the whuppin' it gave Augustana. Duluth last two games against AU were victories by a total of 5 points although those Viking teams were quarterbacked by a man named Heid. Augie entertains the Bulldogs at KO stadium and a victory over UMD is their last chance for post season play, so I would hope for a good game.

    If the Cougars play like they did against Augie they win in my opinion, if Augustana play like they did against Minnesota State U. they have a shot at victory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laker View Post
    I agree. This should be the best matchup. Too bad this isn't a night game- I could stop in on my way back from Moorhead to watch. But there are less and less night games in the NSIC. Makes sense in November, but not in September or early October.
    Homecoming in Bemidji. The evening is booked with an exhibition men's hockey game at the Sanford Center and activities going on downtown and on campus.

    Plus, a jump in the lake could be cold in the evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Millsy View Post
    Homecoming in Bemidji. The evening is booked with an exhibition men's hockey game at the Sanford Center and activities going on downtown and on campus.

    Plus, a jump in the lake could be cold in the evening.
    It all makes sense now. Did they ever have to chop holes in the ice to jump in?

    MSU used to play all of their home games at night, with the exception of homecoming and the last game of the season. I miss that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laker View Post
    It all makes sense now. Did they ever have to chop holes in the ice to jump in?

    MSU used to play all of their home games at night, with the exception of homecoming and the last game of the season. I miss that.
    Any particular reason why most games are during the day now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laker View Post
    It all makes sense now. Did they ever have to chop holes in the ice to jump in?
    Not that I am aware of.... Unless you count the zamboni falling through the ice when the hockey team tried playing on the lake way back in the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twincitiesmav View Post
    Any particular reason why most games are during the day now?
    I think that the conference determines a lot of the kickoff times. I also think that the two teams have to agree. Our only night game this year was the Thursday opener. Because it was on a Thursday it had to be at night. For Saturday games I think most would be fairly close driving distances.

    I asked a junior college coach why they are playing in the afternoon- we usually played at night and had very good crowds. More likely to get high school kids there at night for something to do. He said that way the visiting team could get back home earlier.

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    Mankato (-23.5) at Moorhead - Moorhead surprised me last week knocking off the pretty birds in Fayette. Mankato just looks too good. MSU 41-10

    Upper Iowa (-16.5) at Minot - With the exception of one spectacular win (and I guess a shootout loss to Augie) the Peacocks haven't looked great. Minot is a looooong trip...this could be surprising close. UIU 24-13

    Mary at Winona (-37.5) - The loss to UIU continues to look even worse and Winona didn't look great last week at Northern. They get right this week against Mary. WSU 41-0

    Duluth (-14.5) at Augie - I was surprised to see Duluth favored by this much by the computers. I think it will be closer than that, but Duluth is really good. UMD 34-24

    USF (-2.5) at Bemidji - GAME OF THE WEEK!!! I believe this is a playoff elimination game with both teams still having to play Mankato. I don't think the NSIC gets 4 in the playoffs. This will be a good, physical game. I think the Beavers will get revenge and score the two point conversion in OT and everyone jumps in the lake. Bring your wetsuit!!! BSU 25-24

    Crookston at Southwest (-20.5) - The offense continues to roll for the Mustangs. SMSU 45-13

    Wayne (-0.5) at St. Cloud - This should also be a close game. Wayne has played a tough schedule so I think they are better than their 1-4 record. I like Wayne to win with a late FG. WSC 20-17

    Northern at Concordia (-10.5) - NSU almost pulled off the big Gypsy Days upset last week and they lost a close game late the week before. The offense has been able to move the ball, but has struggled to put points on the board. Hopefully, the defense can avoid the big plays that have killed them at times this year. I see a blocked extra point and a Wolves upset! NSU 24-23

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    I usually watch the other posters posts and picks and how they rank with their picks, Clean Liver has some bold, bold, picks this week imo. Minot, Mary, Moorhead and Crookston? I toyed with the idea of Minot, but Liver man, are you ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USF Cougar Fan View Post
    I usually watch the other posters posts and picks and how they rank with their picks, Clean Liver has some bold, bold, picks this week imo. Minot, Mary, Moorhead and Crookston? I toyed with the idea of Minot, but Liver man, are you ok?
    Go big or go home!

    I'll sometimes make an upset pick, but for the most part I tend to stay conservative with my picks. Props to Liver for having the cajones to make these. If he hits on all of them, that will pretty much propel him to the top of the pick'em standings as I don't think anyone else will be making those same picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USF Cougar Fan View Post
    I usually watch the other posters posts and picks and how they rank with their picks, Clean Liver has some bold, bold, picks this week imo. Minot, Mary, Moorhead and Crookston? I toyed with the idea of Minot, but Liver man, are you ok?
    The Minot and Crookston picks actually don't surprise me at all....

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    Our family is making our first visit to Bemidji on Saturday. Any recommendations for places to eat after the game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithers View Post
    Our family is making our first visit to Bemidji on Saturday. Any recommendations for places to eat after the game?
    These are my favorite "non-chain" places:

    Dave's Pizza, which opens at 4:00. Could be a wait for a seat, but so worth it!
    Corner Bar down in Nymore, about two blocks from the Sanford Center. Burgers are really good. Could be busy with a hockey game that night though.
    Bar 209 downtown is supposed to have very good burgers as well. The couple of times we stopped there, it has been packed and we didn't have time to wait.
    Tutu Bene downtown is very good as well, Italian and a little slower paced.
    Fozzie's Smokin' Bar B Que downtown is very good.

    Keep in mind, it is Bemidji's homecoming, so the crowds could be larger than usual. Enjoy the town and I hope it is a classic fall day by the lake. I wish my family could make it this year, but it just isn't in the cards.....

    And I hope you get to see the Beavers jump in the lake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithers View Post
    Our family is making our first visit to Bemidji on Saturday. Any recommendations for places to eat after the game?
    The Green Mill Restaurant which is connected to the Hampton Inn & Suites located on the south end of the lake is always a solid choice, we go there all the time when we visit. As a matter of fact my wife and I will be in Bemidji this weekend also to attend the game.

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    Thanks for the suggestions Millsy and Beaver Hut.

    Perhaps next year the Beavers can jump in the lake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithers View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions Millsy and Beaver Hut.

    Perhaps next year the Beavers can jump in the lake!

    ........that's about enough out of you.

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    Northern State at Concordia-St. Paul -- Looks to me like this might be a great game. CU probably the NSIC's most improved team so far through a half of season. I expect this to be close but I like the home team to score late and make it look bigger than the game really was. Competitive game with Bears winning 32-20

    Upper Iowa at Minot State - The Peacocks were all the wage after a great win over Winona. What happened? I have no clue and it is safe to say that as per most years, you just never know what team will show up. They consistently win games you think they have no chance in and lose games you think are gimmes. Nothing would surprise me here. I see it snowed in Minot. Crazy. I see a close game but an Upper Iowa win 31-21

    Wayne State at St. Cloud State - Wayne has qb problems which is too bad given they have one of the top 3 wide outs in the league. SCSU is not that good but benefits playing in the North. No chance they would see 7 wins if they played in the South but they will probably get there. Man I love watching Nate Rodgers. picking the upset here -- Cats win 27-24

    Minnesota-Duluth at Augustana - UMD is good. Augie is decent but no match here as I just don't their Defense can stop them Dogs win 48 -17

    Sioux Falls at Bemidji State - I think Bemidji is for real. So is USF. This is the game of the week and it is going to be one great game. Down to the wire Beavers win 27-24

    Mary at Winona State - not close Warriors win 61-0


    Minnesota State-Mankato
    at Minnesota State-Moorhead - not close Mavs win 56-7

    Minnesota-Crookston at Southwest Minnesota State - not close - Mustangs win 52-10

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    Northern State at Concordia-St. Paul
    -Northern 34-21

    Upper Iowa at Minot State
    -Upper Iowa 31-10

    Wayne State at St. Cloud State
    -Wayne 28-21

    Minnesota-Duluth at Augustana
    -Duluth 44-24

    Sioux Falls at Bemidji State
    -Sioux Falls 21-17

    Mary at Winona State
    -Winona 38-3

    Minnesota State-Mankato at Minnesota State-Moorhead
    -Mankato 48-24

    Minnesota-Crookston at Southwest Minnesota State
    -SMSU 52-13

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