Herald Missouri Valley Football Conference power poll October 3, 2022 – Grand Forks Herald
GRAND FORKS — Week five of the college football season surprised the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Here’s a quick tour around the league.
1. State of North Dakota: Hunter Luepke and Bison’s rushing attack gave an 18-point halftime lead in a 27-14 win over Youngstown State. Bison starting left guard Nash Jensen did not play with a knee injury, ending a streak of 45 straight starts.
2. State of South Dakota: Isaiah Davis rushed for 199 yards in a Western Illinois Jackrabbits beating.
3. Southern Illinois: Illinois State limited Nic Baker to 143 passing yards, but the Salukis defense allowed just 80 rushing yards and had three sacks from Zack Annexstad. The SIU led 19-0 at one point but had to hang on late to win 19-14.
4. North Dakota: UND yo-yos in this ranking, as they rebounded from a misfire in Southern Illinois to topple No. 7 Missouri State with a huge second half. Is UND slowly finding defensive answers or removing magic in the Alerus?
5. State of Missouri: The Missouri State defense looked lifeless in the second half, and Bears star quarterback Jason Shelley looked more human than superhuman in a baffling second-half disappointment against UND.
6. South Dakota: The Yotes took a week-long hiatus before a rivalry showdown at Brookings.
seven. Northern Iowa: The stats were fairly even and the offenses weren’t too explosive, but the Panthers hung on at home to beat Indiana State 20-14.
8. Youngstown State: After falling 21-3, Youngstown State traded quarterbacks to North Dakota State. Jaleel McLaughlin is one of the best running backs in FCS, but there is now a quarterback question ahead of the UND home game. Demeatric Crenshaw has the running threat, but Mitch Davidson may have shown more in the passing game against the Bison.
9. State of Illinois: Illinois State went on a rushing offense to turn a big halftime deficit into a close game against Southern Illinois. And the ISU could get running back Wenkers Wright back from injury this week.
ten. Indiana State: Indiana State showed promise in a narrow loss in northern Iowa. The Sycamores used three quarterbacks. Gavin Screws posted a season-high 174 passing yards. Cade Chambers threw two balls, completing one for 31 yards. Evan Olaes also took snaps at quarterback.
11. Western Illinois: The Leathernecks fell to 0-5 with a loss to SDSU. Clay Bruno was 10 for 20 for 129 yards and a pick, while Henry Ogala also played and was 3 for 5 for 72 yards and a touchdown.