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Panthers move up to #2 in poll

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- There's no rest for the weary in Cedar Falls.  Just one week after grinding out a tough win at North Dakota State the Panthers welcome 5th ranked Southern Illinois to the dome.

UNI's big win on Saturday along with a Villanova loss moved the Panthers into the #2 spot in this week's rankings.  Couple that with the fact it's homecoming week, and excitement is high in Cedar Falls.

Despite that Panther Head Coach Mark Farley isn't concerned about his team being distracted.

"All those things are fun, but I think our players will be fine," says Farley, "You don't have to do a lot to get up for Southern Illinois emotionally.  You just have to get ready mentally so you're prepared to play the game on the field."

Kickoff for Saturday's game against the Salukis is set for 4 pm in the dome.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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