The No. 1 ranked NDSU ‘Bison’ head down to Brookings SD., to take on the No. 3 ranked SDSU ‘Jackrabbits’. This is the annual Dakota Marker game, for bragging rights in the two Dakotas. It’s also the most important game in the FCS this week. It has strong play-off implications. SDSU Head Coach John Stiegelmeier is one of the best coaches in the FCS and he knows how to play the Bison. It’s no coincidence his team looks very similar to the Bison in both strong defense, and a run heavy offense. The Jacks are sure to feature sophomore running back #20 Pierre Strong Jr., who has been averaging 108.0 yards per game. At 5’11″ and 200 pounds Strong’s the type of back that is hard to corral, hard to tackle, and hard to bring down. SDSU also has C.J. Wilson and Mikey Daniel in the backfield, with Wilson averaging 61.5 yards a game.
In years past Stig’ has thrown in some trick plays that often make the difference between a win and loss. Will today’s game be a trick or a treat for the Bison?
The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the Missouri State ‘Bears’ at the Fargodome. Not much is expected of this game. MSU Head Coach Dave Steckel has tried to rebuild the program but they have taken a step backwards this year. It’s never a good sign when the lead story is the color of your uniform.
Yet the Bears have upset the Bison in years past, and MSU always play NDSU harder than other teams in the MVFC. What could they do to throw the Bison off today?
Homecoming for the NDSU ‘Bison’ in 2019 means the UNI ‘Panthers’ are coming to the Fargodome. In years past UNI has been the Bison’s strongest conference rival in the MVFC. This year it will be SDSU, but UNI Coach Mark Farley is sure to have his team ready to take on the #1 Bison.
The NDSU ‘Bison’ head to Normal to take on the Illinois State ‘Redbirds’. Nothing Normal about the Redbirds. They are currently ranked number 6 in the FCS. They are coached by Brock Spack one of the best coaches in the NCAA. They feature a running back who set all-time rushing stats in the state of Illinois: All-American RB #25 James Robinson. 10th in the FCS with 108 yards per game, he is on the Walter Payton Award Watch List. James is one of those backs who are hard to tackle. He is averaging two Touchdowns and 108 yards per game. Freshman receiver Kacper Rutkiewicz is averaging 23 yards per catch this year. The Redbird Defense is pretty good too. They have 20 sacks this year. It is going to take some fine play by the Bison to walk out of Hancock Stadium with a win.
The NDSU ‘Bison’ are hosting the UC Davis ‘Aggies’ at the Fargodome. Another fine match up. UC Davis is currently ranked as the #4 FCS team in the nation. In head to head games, the Big Sky Conference has been dominated teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference so far this year. Will the Aggies high flying offense be grounded by #1 NDSU and it’s stifling defense?
The NDSU ‘Bison’ fly out to NewArk, Delaware to play the ‘Blue Hens’. The Hens are a Nationally Ranked team (18) and are playing at home. Delaware is coming off wins against Delaware State and a tough road game against Rhode Island. The Hens are coached by Danny Rocco, a coach I’ve come to admire. This will be his third game against the Bison. Will his third time be the charm? Continue reading “NDSU vs Delaware, 47 to 22”→
The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the UND ‘Fighting Hawks’ in bid to revive the Nickel. Next year UND will be joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference. And finally the University of North Dakota will be in the same conference as North Dakota State. An abomination that has gone on since 2003 when NDSU moved up from Division II, to the FCS. UND waited a couple more years and ended up in the Big Sky Conference. In the mean time NDSU has dominated their Conference and the entire FCS. UND has struggled in the Big Sky. UND head coach ‘Bubba’ Schweigert has put together some very good teams, especial last year, but many of his best players have graduated, and his starting quarterback, Nate Ketteringham was injured last week. Backup Quarterback, Andrew Zimmerman (Senior) will be playing today. The odds makers give NDSU a large point spread, but I’m hoping the game will be much closer. If for no other reason than to relight the in-state rivalry.