The Daily Diesel is thinking of Ames

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In case you haven't heard, Ames, Iowa is underwater from flooding the past couple days.  Make sure to check out these pictures to see the extent of the damage the constant rainfall has caused.

Ames On My Mind - Clone Chronicles

Cyclones spurn morning practice to turn back Ames flood - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF  - Yahoo! Sports

And the water didn't quite make it to Trice Stadium, which will be fine for the season opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 2. You may take their land, Squak Creek, but you'll never take their football.

The Wiz of Odds: Iowa State Players Battling Floodwaters

Huskie Nation

Huskies by Position: DEFENSIVE LINE DEEP IN 2010 - NORTHERN ILLINOIS OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

"This is the deepest we've been across the board, top to bottom since I've been here," NIU defensive line coach Jeff Phelps said. "The first three groups are pretty solid. The fourth group is the younger guys. They're still in the learning process."

Huskies by Position: CATCHING UP WITH THE DEFENSIVE BACKS - NORTHERN ILLINOIS OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

"The secondary is really coming along fast. We've added some new wrinkles already, so that's a great sign. We've got some young guys stepping up; guys like Kiaree (Daniels), who has made a big improvement from last year. Garrett Barnas is also really playing well.

Huskie Wire | Turning it up

"I like the juice of the defense," Kill said. "The offense has got to be a little bit more of a team and concentrate and focus. They can’t worry about playing with enthusiasm. They got to learn what to do and how to do it."

Huskie Wire | SI sends Huskies to MAC title game

Huskie Women's Soccer Opens Preseason Training - NORTHERN ILLINOIS OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Non-AQ power rankings - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

10. Northern Illinois. Fifteen starters return, including first-team All-MAC RB Chad Spann and most of a defense that ranked No. 30 in the nation last season.

Daily Herald's Basketball Focus 2009 | Glenbard East's Miller, Hill go Division I

"Playing close to home allows all of us to see him play, which was a goal," said Scott Miller, Zach's father and Glenbard East's head coach. "Now I can keep coaching and still be able to see most of his games."

Around the MAC and beyond

The Owl's Nest: 2010 Season Preview: CMU Chippewas

Bull Run: MAC Kickoff Countdown #4 Kent

Around the MAC - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Iowa State: Beyond the Box Score Offensive Preview - Rock M Nation

Iowa State: Beyond the Box Score Defensive Preview - Rock M Nation

Previewing the 2010 Iowa State Cyclones - Corn Nation

2010 Indiana opponents, week 6: Illinois Fighting Illini. - The Crimson Quarry

Younger, faster Sioux set for 2010 | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

"Physically, one (FBS) game we can handle," Mussman said. "Two games, it’ll be interesting to see how we hold up physically."

UND FOOTBALL: Sioux set for tough schedule

ESPN Inaccurately Ranks The Top Ten Non-BCS Schools - Mountain West Connection

Why the SEC tops the Big Ten - Football's Second Season

If Northern or Midwestern high schools had spring football practice, more kids would get scholarship offers and the playing field with the SEC and other college conferences would be leveled.

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