Remember this? USD's upset of Minnesota back in 2010 was the last away victory for the Coyotes. The program has since gone on to lose 17 straight road games. Coach Joe Glenn hopes the streak comes to an end against 2-2 Western Illinois.
"They've got a real speedy defense. They're not real big but just gritty and tough and fast. They'll play eight guys down in the box. They're going to stop your running game and then see if they can hold up in the pass. It will be a good game of checkers between the coordinators," Glenn said.
Both teams are currently on two game losing streaks after games with tough opponents in the FCS and FBS. For Western Illinois, they spent the last two weeks at Minnesota and UNLV following two early season wins.
"They played two lower division teams and clobbered them. They played two higher division teams and got clobbered. We all kind of understand that, at this level anyway," Glenn said.
Saturday's matchup marks the beginning of the Missouri Valley Football Conference slate for both teams. Glenn is ready to get started and thinks it will be more of a level playing field for everyone.
"Some teams are playing like Hampton or Quincy or Butler, non-scholarship schools, lower level schools. They're getting big wins and lots of numbers. Now, when you come into conference play everything should be equal," Glenn said.