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Colorado Ice vs Nebraska Danger Game Preview

June 17, 2014 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Colorado Crush News Release

Fort Collins, CO - It can't go unnoticed that this Thursday's Intense Conference Championship is the most important game for both the Colorado Ice (10-4) and the Nebraska Danger (10-4). This is the first time in Ice history that they will host the conference matchup at the Budweiser Events Center at 7:00pm. This will be the third time that the two teams have seen each other this season. The Ice have won the two previous matchups in what has probably been the Ice's toughest inter-conference competition this season.

Any football fan or sports fan for that matter knows that anything can happen in the playoffs. We have all seen the upsets by the underdogs and the dominating leaders. Any team can show up Thursday that was completely different from the day before. The Ice have yet to win a conference championship. Since the Ice have also yet to play a conference championship on their own turf it could be inferred that having home field advantage for this game is a huge game changer.

Judging by just the numbers Colorado is the better team but Nebraska is a close second. On offense the Ice average 245.7 yards per game, the Danger average 229.6. On defense the Ice limits opponents to just 35.9 points per game which the Danger allow 38.6.

The Ice has IFL MVP candidates in quarterback Willie Copeland and linebacker Joe Thornton. On offense Copeland continues to lead the league with 56 touchdowns. His receivers, Kyle Kaiser and Jasonus Tillery have 22 and 14 touchdowns respectively which are in the top five of the league.

Joe Thornton is all over the field when he plays. He averages 8.9 tackles per game, second in the league and leads the league in assists and returns for touchdowns. He's at least in the top five of almost every defensive category, which explains why he is an MVP candidate.

Nebraska's quarterback Jameel Sewell favors the ground game as he is third in the league for average rushing yards and touchdowns with 40.3 and 18 respectively.

Defensively their biggest asset is Pig Brown who is second in the league with nine sacks, and the Danger's tackle leader with 97 total tackles.

The two previous matchups between the teams have been close with the Ice defeating the Danger by just eight and 13 points respectively. Being that these games have just been within a touchdown or two expect this matchup to go to the final buzzer as well. Anything can happen in playoff football.

To purchase tickets call the Colorado Ice office at 970-472-0128 or stop by the Budweiser Events Center Box Office and online at Walk up tickets, the day of the game will also be available.

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