After 44 Regular Season games, 12 non-league games (10-2), and 4 Playoff games, we have reached the ELITE BOWL!
#1 Sioux City Stampede (7-1, 9-1) vs #2 Minneapolis Warriors (6-2, 8-2) face-off for the second time this season! The first time was a 12-7 win for the Stampede in Sioux City. Both teams are coming off impressive Semi-Final wins; Sioux City 34-12 over Fargo, and Minneapolis over St Paul 36-9.
Pre-Season Rankings had the defending NEFL Champion Warriors as the #1 team, while the newcomer, reigning MFA Champion coming off an undefeated season, Sioux City Stampede as the #3 ranked team.
After a Week 2 loss to Fargo, the Warriors fell to #4 while the Stampede jumped to #1 and have remained #1 since. By Week 8 the Warriors had battled back up to #2.
Both teams are stacked with All-Stars. Both teams are coming off a Championship season in 2017; Minneapolis in NEFL, Sioux City in MFA. This could be anyone's game. As of Thursday afternoon, 58% of the 256 voters have picked the Stampede to win. Will we see an NEFL Champion in their first year in the league, or will we see a Back-to-Back Champion? Time will tell.