By Al Zipsie

Lena-Winslow the state's top-ranked 1A team is the only unbeaten team left in the NUIC.

The Panthers are 5-0 after 34-6 win over Eastland/Pearl City. Forreston third in 1A had no problem with Aquin. They gave the Bulldogs their first loss of the season 50-19.

Week six has a pair of games that are expected to be close battles. In the Northwest, it's a big showdown between a pair of 4-1 teams as Dakota host West Carroll. Six of our ten-panel members took West Carroll.

In the Upstate Aquin has another test hosting Orangeville (3-2).

In other games in the Northwest Lena-Winslow host Amboy. East Dubuque is at Forreston and E/PC visits Galena.

In the Upstate, Stockton travels to Ashton/Franklin Center. River Ridge is at Polo and Milledgeville is at Warren.

In the non-conference game, Durand/Pecatonica looks for their first win as a Coop when they visit Madison Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

It now looks as E/PC and West Carroll would be in the 2A playoffs.

Stateline Sports Hub. NUIC media picks. Mike Buda of Wifr TV and Cody Cutter, of the Sauk Valley News who was 9-0 last week are tied for first at 41-4. Kyle Kampmier and Shane Klever both of the NUIC Football Fanatics are right behind at 40-5.

Mike Buda. 41-4. WIFR TV.  West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/P C. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Cody Cutter. 41-4. Sauk Valley News. West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Kyle Kampmier. 40-5. NUIC Football Fanatics. West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Shane Klever. 40-5. NUIC Football Fanatics. Dakota. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Matt Trowbridge. 38-7. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard. West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Al Zipsie. 38-7. Stateline Sports Hub. West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Pete Leinweber. 38-7. Deep Dish Football. West Carroll. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Warren. Du/Pec.

Terry Werntz. 37-8. Former Dakota and Freeport football coach. Dakota. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.

Joe Dredge. 36-9. WROK Radio/Stateline Sports Hub. Dakota Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison. Oil

Scott Leber. 36-9. WTVO TV. Dakota. Lena-Winslow. Forreston. E/PC. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Milledgeville. Madison.