Herald Missouri Valley Football Conference power poll Nov. 7, 2022

A quick lap around the league.

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GRAND FORKS — With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Herald Missouri Valley Football Conference power poll is starting to solidify.

Here's a quick trip around the league.

1. South Dakota State: Things got wild in Cedar Falls, where the Jacks missed the game-winning kick against Northern Iowa, just for the Panthers to get called for leaping over the line. SDSU made the second attempt to hold off the upset. Isaiah Davis ran for 105 yards and Tucker Kraft had 69 receiving yards.

2. North Dakota State: The Bison had little trouble with the worst team in the league on the road. NDSU needed to throw just five passes for 27 yards (with an interception). NDSU ran for 453 yards behind 120 from TaMerick Williams and 118 from TK Marshall.

3. North Dakota: The Fighting Hawks also had little trouble with a struggling opponent on the road. UND conquered the wind and Indiana State thanks to 162 passing yards from Tommy Schuster and 81 rushing yards from Tyler Hoosman to go along with two key turnovers.


4. Youngstown State: The 'Guins have won four straight since losing to UND in early October. YSU beat Illinois State 19-17 on a late rally. Mitch Davidson was 10-for-19 fro 143 yards and a touchdown.

5. Northern Iowa: The Panthers just missed a huge upset. Theo Day threw for 270 yards, two touchdowns, two picks and was sacked five times. The usually stout Jacks defense only allowed 88 rushing yards.

6. Southern Illinois: The Salukis were on a bye.

7. South Dakota: The Yotes are on a mini roll, now sticking with quarterback Aidan Bouman, the son of former NFL'er Todd Bouman. Aidan was 17-for-25 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Wesley Eliodor had 97 receiving yards. Travis Theis ran for 74 yards on 24 carries.

8. Illinois State: Illinois State went with a new starter at QB. Redshirt freshman Tommy Rittenhouse went 7-for-14 for 103 yards and ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Daniel Sobkowicz had six catches for 96 yards. Zach Annexstad, a Gophers QB transfer, was injured late against NDSU the week prior.

9. Missouri State: Jason Shelley threw for 233 yards but Missouri State only ran for 99 yards and had no sacks on USD QB Aidan Bouman.

10. Indiana State: The Sycamores struggled offensively in a 42-7 loss to UND. How much of that was an early injury (for the second week in a row) to starting quarterback Cade Chambers?

11. Western Illinois: The 'Necks went with Clay Bruno at QB. He threw for 188 yards but was picked off four times. He was also the leading rusher with 42 yards. Jafar Armstrong had 85 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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