Maverick Maniac's Musings

August 1, 2008

2008 UNO Football Schedule Preview

Filed under: College Sports,Football,Omaha Mavericks — Jon Green @ 4:23 pm

Sat, Sep 6 Nebraska-Kearney Caniglia Field

Sat, Sep 13 Emporia State * Caniglia Field

Sat, Sep 20 Missouri Southern * Joplin, Mo.

Sat, Sep 27 Northwest Missouri State * Caniglia Field

Sat, Oct 4 Truman State * Kirksville, Mo.

Sat, Oct 11 Missouri Western – Homecoming/Centennial Day * Caniglia Field

Sat, Oct 18 Pittsburg State * Pittsburg, Kan.

Sat, Oct 25 Central Missouri * Warrensburg, Mo.

Sat, Nov 1 Fort Hays State * Caniglia Field

Sat, Nov 8 Washburn * Topeka, Kan.

The first 3 home games are at 6 PM, the rest at 1 PM.

This schedule is interesting for UNO. UNO starts off with what should be an easy game against UNK, but can’t be overlooked. This is a rivalry game, and anything can happen, but UNO handled UNK pretty easily on the road last year to start the year. Next up UNO hosts Emporia State in what should be an easy first MIAA game. Emporia went 3-7 last year with their only conference win over Southern Baptist. Next UNO makes the trek down to Joplin Missouri for what again should be an easier game against Missouri Southern. Southern went 6-5 last year, 4-5 in the MIAA but without a win over any of the big boys (beat Emporia, Southwest Baptist, Fort Hays and Truman). They did give Pittsburg State a great game losing 31-28. UNO will have to be prepared but should dispatch of the Lions.

Then things get a little more interesting. First up is Northwest Missouri State. Northwest barely missed out on a National Title last year, losing to Valdosta State in the title game, but hasn’t won at Omaha in over 10 years, including a loss in week 2 to the Mavericks last year. UNO will have to be prepared for a fight, but should be the favorites in this heavyweight bout. Next UNO will go on the road to Truman State, another of the low level teams in the MIAA. Truman went 6-5 last year, 4-5 in conference. They beat Emporia, Fort hays, Southwest Baptist and Missouri Western. They were destroyed by Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State by a combined score of 93-6. UNO should be able to defeat the Bulldogs, but again in this league overlooking anyone would be a mistake. UNO wraps this 3 game set up with a return home for the Homecoming/Centennial game with Missouri Western. Missouri Western went 9-3 overall, 6-3 in conference and won the 2007 Mineral Water Bowl over Wayne State. They were beaten 44-20 last year by northwest, but beat Pittsburg State 39-32 on the road on a touchdown pass with 22 seconds left. UNO should be prepared for this game at home on one of the biggest days in campus history. I can’t see them letting down, but it should be a good game.

So at this point I think UNO should be 6-0, at worst 5-1. Then things get a bit trickier. Next up is a trip to D2 powerhouse Pittsburg State, for their homecoming. This will be the toughest game of the year in my opinion. Pittsburg State went 8-3 last year, 6-3 in conference, but is expected to compete for the conference title with UNO and NWMS. Pitt was beaten by Northwest, Western and Washburn last year. This is probably the best chance any team will have to beat UNO, and I don’t expect the Mavericks to escape victorious. They have a chance but will have to play a great game. Things don’t get much easier the next week as UNO travels to Central Missouri. The Mules were 7-4 last year, 6-3 in conference with a road win over Washburn being the highlight of the season. Don’t let that record fool you though, they lost to Pittsburg 38-31 in 2 OT and 28-26 at Northwest Missouri State. This team was good. They will provide a tough test for UNO after the Pittsburg State game, but UNO should be able to pull it out. Next up is an easier game for UNO as they host Fort Hays State who went 2-7 in conference, 4-7 overall. They defeated Emporia and Southwest Baptist last year. At this point I’d project UNO to be 8-1, but anywhere from 9-0 to 6-3 (losses to Northwest, Pittsburg, Central).

UNO finishes off the regular season with a road trip to Washburn to take on the Ichabods. This won’t be an easy game either as Washburn finished in the top 25 last season and made the playoffs, losing a tight game in the first round to West Texas A&M 40-39. The only other losses on the year were @ Northwest Missouri State and two home games, Chadron State and Central Missouri. UNO will have to bring their best to win this game. In the end I think UNO probably finishes this year 9-1. This team is very talented, played a lot of tough games last year and should be able to win these games. I think they slip up somewhere (Northwest, Pittsburg, Central, Washburn), but they should at the worst split those games to go 8-2. Either one of those results should get them into the NCAA Playoffs. Worst case scenario is a 6-4 year with losses to all 4 of those teams and no playoffs, but I don’t see that happening.

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