St. Paul, Menomonie (WQOW) -- Both UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout head west and out of state for their second games.
The Blugolds will visit St. John's (MN), while the Blue Devils travel to Jamestown University (ND).
UWEC looks to bounce back after a loss at second-ranked St. Thomas (MN). There weren't many positives last week when Eau Claire got clobbered by the Tommies, although sixty Blugolds players saw game action. That experience figures to help those young players, like Eau Claire Memorial H.S. grad and Bemidji State transfer Matthew Knapp.
"I mean, we're definitely a young team," says Knapp, a freshman safety, "so that's going to help us out in the long run."
"I think that's the only way you can learn," says UWEC head coach Todd Glaser, "because practice is way different than game speed, and you're playing a very good football team and they have a lot of team speed and it showed, unless you play against it you don't know what that's like."
Saturday's game at St. John's kicks off at 1:00 P.M. The Blugolds are 6-8 all-time against the Johnnies, but UWEC's won two of the last three matchups.
The UW-Stout football team kicked off its season with a 35-20 home win over Dakota Wesleyan. The Blue Devils head to North Dakota this week to visit the University of Jamestown.
UW-Stout also has a number of first-year players on its roster, but head coach Clayt Birmingham says the new guys got the job done in week one, especially on the defensive line.
"This year we moved David Goebel from a starting fullback for three years to a D-end spot, so that brought a lot of mentality, toughness to our defensive line, picked up a couple of new recruits that stepped in really nicely, and we didn't miss a beat from last year."
UW-Stout's game at Jamestown kicks off at 1:00 P.M., Saturday. The Jimmies are 0-1 after a week one road loss at Concordia (MN).
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