A bye week following two blowout losses is allowing the Eagles to hit the reset button on their season.
The arrival of the conference season allows a fresh start too.
UW-La Crosse is preparing for their conference opener Saturday at UW-River Falls.
The game comes on the heels of a couple of rough outings in which they were outscored 94-17 to two nationally ranked opponents. A win would certainly give the Eagles a jump start, one they've been seeking since that season-opening win against Luther.
"We're excited to go up there and play a good football team. Conference opener is always an important one. You want to make a good impression and have a chance to be in first place after the first week," said head coach Joel Dettwiler.
"The first three games didn't go quite as planned. But it's a new season come conference. We lost to them at their place last year so we're ready to go back there and get a 'W' this time," said receiver Joel Oxton.
Four of the last six meetings between the two schools have gone into overtime.
River Falls won last year's game 16-13.