D2football.com Northwest Region Correspondent
September 27, 2005
I can now be counted among the believers.
Like many others around the region and across the country, I had been skeptical of the South Dakota Coyotes in the early going this season. And why not? USD had won 13 of 15 games dating back to the beginning of last year, but the bulk of those wins came against a schedule that was as soft as a baby’s bottom. Not to mention that the Coyotes’ 44-41 overtime win over Colorado Mines two weeks ago wasn’t exactly the type that inspires confidence.
But after Saturday’s 59-14 annihilation of previously unbeaten Nebraska-Omaha, only a fool would still consider South Dakota to be a pretender. The performance of the Coyotes’ offense is beginning to remind me a bit of Pittsburg State’s last season and that’s not a good omen for the rest of the region.
Before the Coyotes can lay claim to anything, however, the NCC schedule still contains some bumps in the road… or in the case of future opponents St. Cloud State and North Dakota, the word mountains might be more appropriate. SCSU is now 5-0 after knocking off rival Minnesota State on Saturday. UND (also 5-0 and the top-ranked team in the D2Football.com national poll) has yet to face a serious challenge from any opponent this season. The Huskies and Fighting Sioux will tangle this Saturday in Grand Forks in what is undoubtedly the Game of the Week in the region.