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