Pioneer Football League
Valparaiso (0-6, 0-3) at Dayton (3-4, 2-2)
When: Noon today.
Where: Welcome Stadium, Dayton, Ohio.
Radio/Internet: WAKE-AM (1500)/valpoathletics.com.
Valparaiso will win if: It can continue the spirited effort it displayed last week against Drake. The Crusaders have gotten their hardest Pioneer Football League contests out of the way, and now it's time to start learning from the tough defeats.
Dayton will win if: It continues the offensive explosion from last week. The Flyers rolled up 532 yards of offense in a 41-27 win over Morehead State. Will Bardo moves the Dayton offense through the air (1,127 passing yards) as well as on the ground (290 rushing yards, three touchdowns).
Notes: The Flyers hold a 19-2 series advantage, including an eight-game winning streak. ... Valparaiso's last win against Dayton came on the road in 2003 when the Crusaders won 33-28 on their way to a PFL championship. ... Valparaiso quarterback Eric Hoffman is expected to play this week, while starting running back Gabe Ali-El will miss his second consecutive game with a foot injury. !~ Paul Oren