By Al Zipsie

Here are this week's games in the NUIC. Forreston is ranked first in the State in the 1A AP poll getting all twelve first place votes. The Cardinals have a big showdown hosting Lena-Winslow Friday in the NUIC Northwest. The Panthers are ranked third in 1A.

An interesting non-league game will be Stockton hosting state ranked Ottawa Marquette.

In other Northwest games, Amboy/LaMoille is at Eastland/Pearl City. E/PC, is ranked fifth in AP 1A state poll. They are on the border enrollment of 1A and 2A, where they may end up.

And teams will be looking for their first win as Durand/Pecatonica plays at West Carroll and Galena is at East Dubuque.

In the Upstate, Warren travels to Aquin, who is ranked tenth in 1A. River Ridge is at Orangeville and Polo is at Milledgeville.

Dakota travels to Ashton/Franklin Center in the crossover game. Four of NUIC teams are ranked in the states top ten in 1A, with Dakota and Stockton also receiving votes.

Picks this week from our Stateline Sports Hub media. List of winners picked. Eight of our ten on the panel are tied at 8-1 after the opening week.

Joe Dredge. WROK Radio/Stateline Sports Hub. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Aquin. Orangeville. Milledgeville. Dakota.

Matt Trowbridge. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. Galena. Aquin. Orangeville. Polo. Dakota.

Mike Buda. WIFR TV Sports. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Aquin. Orangeville. Milledgeville. Dakota.

Terry Werntz. Former Dakota and Freeport football coach. 8-1. Forreston. Stockton. E/PC. West Carroll. Galena. Aquin. Orangeville. Polo. Marquette.

Pete Leinweber. Deep Dish Football. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. Galena. Aquin. Orangeville. Polo. Marquette.

Kyle Kampmier. NUIC Football Fanatics. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Aquin. Orangeville. Milledgeville. Dakota.

Shane Klever. NUIC Football Fanatics. 8-1. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Aquin. Orangeville. Milledgeville. Dakota.

Cody Cutter. Sauk Valley News. 8-1. Forreston. Stockton. E/PC. West Carroll. Galena. Aquin. Orangeville. Milledgeville. Dakota.

Scott Leber. WTVO TV Sports. 7-2. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. Galena. Aquin. Orangeville. Polo. Dakota.

Al Zipsie. Stateline Sports Hub. 6-3. Forreston. Marquette. E/PC. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Aquin. Orangeville. Polo. Dakota.