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Izzo: Even for one year, bring back the Power Bowl

Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead have not faced each other in football since 2007.

Cobber and Dragon fans
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Late last week the Northern Sun Conference signed off on playing ten league games in 2023.

That's after the news that Upper Iowa was leaving for the Great Lakes Conference next fall.

For more than a decade, NSIC teams have been restricted to playing just league opponents during the regular season.

But next year there's an opening for a non-conference game. Two sources told me Minnesota State Moorhead had an inspired idea. To resurrect the Power Bowl and play Concordia.

The two Eighth Street rivals haven't faced each other since a climatic game in 2007. The Dragons were all in for this, I was told Concordia wasn't interested because the Cobbers had already filled their schedules for 2023 and 2024.

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Even if it's just for one year, they need to re-consider this idea.

This was the biggest game of the year for these two schools and would be again.

There are no natural rivals for the Dragons, it's not Bemidji State or Mary or Northern State. Concordia lost a rival in St. Thomas, and while St. John's is still there, it's not the Dragons.

So in the spirit of the holidays, let's have athletic directors Rachel Bergeson and Chad Markuson come together and make a deal.

It would be great for football fans all over the region.

Opinion by Dom Izzo
Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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