Nebraska Wesleyan will find out in a hurry how it measures up as the new member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Prairie Wolves host perennial power Wartburg College Saturday in their first game in the new league.
The Knights have won three conference titles in the past six years.
“Yeah what a coincidence that is who we get first”, said Nebraska Wesleyan coach Brian Keller. “It is really neat to play the team that probably has the most prestige at this point and it is chance to play the best and see where we measure up.”
After losing 31 seniors off last year’s team that finished 9-1 Wartburg is relying on several new faces this season. In his first start, sophomore quarterback Matt Sacia passed for 296 yards in a 29-22 loss at Monmouth of Illinois but the Knights only rushed for 83 yards.
Wartburg coach Rick Willis says Nebraska Wesleyan will be a good fit for the conference.
“They play a physical, tough brand of football and I think they will compete very well in our league”, said Willis. “They have a very good athletic department overall and will just make our league stronger and tougher.”
The Prairie Wolves are 1-1 after a 17-13 loss to Illinois Wesleyan.