The Northwest Missouri State University football team comes back to Maryville on Saturday to face a winless Central Oklahoma team.
As with Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest staff and players are entering a game against a dangerous offense and a team whose record doesn't reflect their talent.
So even though the Bronchos are 0-5, Bearcat head coach Adam Dorrel and his staff, along with the players, are taking it very seriously.
Central's offense is third in the MIAA in both passing yards and total offense, and they are averaging close to 500 yards a game and roughly 30 points per game.
This will be yet another test for the Northwest secondary that has been put to task almost every game so far this season.
"It's going to stress your corners, but it's really going to stress our safeties because they run so many sets formationally," Dorrel said. "Our free and strong [safeties] are going to have to get us out of some coverages based on their (Central's) sets."
Central Oklahoma is going to be different than the other potent offenses corners Brian and Brandon Dixon and safeties Bryce Enyard and Alex Taylor have faced this year.
Central has strong skill players like wide receiver Marquez Clark, who has 736 receiving yards so far this year, and they line up to plays that get the ball to their playmakers.
"When you watch them on film and watch their offense, it's very dangerous," Dorrel said. "And so there is a heightened level of 'we gotta play good, if we don't, we're going to get a lot of points hung on us.'"
The Brochos' glaring weakness is their defense, they rank last in the conference in passing yards and are allowing 52 points a game.
They have also given up 75 points in the first quarter in their first five games.
Granted those were to teams like Pittsburg State, Emporia, Washburn and Western - Central Oklahoma would like to come in and get their first win of the year, especially against a top-five team.
"We always talk about keys to victory, and I think the key to victory for us this week is our defense playing really well," Dorrel said. "They're averaging right at 32 points a game and that's against the best competition, not only in the league but maybe in the country. So they're a legitimate offense, that gets our kids' attention."
Dorrel said that scoring fast and scoring early, while usually an obvious tactic, could really help in the home game.
"I think it's important when you play a team like this that you try to do that," Dorrel said. "Confidence, I think, is something that's very fragile.
"I think if we can get some points up early, maybe put a little doubt in their minds, that'd be great."
Page 2 of 2 - Dorrel thinks the best chance to continue winning starts with the defense. This is the first season the Bearcats have started 5-0 since 2006, and they look to keep rolling with that thanks to the players on the field and taking advantage of mis-matches.
"You really look at the guys that are key components, the pass-rushers, like [Matt] Longacre," Dorrel said. "Coming from an offensive guy's standpoint, when you know exactly where that best defensive lineman is going to line up every time, you can game plan to chip him, to double him. Our guys are doing a good job of moving them around.
"To me, a lot of what we do as a football team starts defensively. I'm very confident that if our defense plays well, all our other phases will kind of feed off that."
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium, Dorrel and the team are ready to play at home after the long trip last week behind the leaders that have stepped up this season.
"I'm proud of our senior leadership, the team chemistry," Dorrel said. "There has always been a sense of family here, but it seems to be just a little heightened this year. And again, I gotta give that credit to our seniors and our captains because that's a direct correlation of what they're doing in the locker room."