The Southern Illinois University ‘Salukis’ host the NDSU ‘Bison’ in Carbondale, Illinois. The Bison are playing for perfection. They have already clinched the Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship and probably have the #1 seed. The Salukis are playing for a spot in the playoffs. It should be a good game.
The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the USD ‘Coyotes’ on Senior Day. This is the last regular season home game for the Bison Seniors: FS #2 Dom Davis, LB #3 Jaxon Brown, RB #4 Dimitri Williams, FS #6 James Hendricks, CB #7 Tre Fort, CB #9 Marquise Bridges, WR #19 Jimmy Kepouros, RB #28 Ty Brooks, FB #39 Garrett Malstrom, DT #53 Cole Karcz, OT #68 Zack Johnson, TE #82 Ben Ellefson, DE #91 Derrek Tuszka, and DT #92 Jack Darnell.
The Bison will be shorthanded at Linebacker. LB #55 Aaron Mercadel and LB #42 Jabril Cox are out this week with injuries. NDSU Head Coach Matt Entz will move SS #25 Michael Tutsie and SS #26 James Kaczor down to Linebacker. This shouldn’t be an issue as it covers the Coyote’s passing offense well. But other injuries will slow down the Bison some: DT #53 Cole Karcz and RB #4 Dimitri Williams. Even Freshman RB #24 Kobe Johnson broke his finger in practice this week. Thankfully the Bison have plenty of depth at Running Back.
The NDSU ‘Bison’ host the Western Illinois ‘Leathernecks’ for the 45th annual Harvest Bowl. The Leathernecks (WIU) are struggling this year and the Bison are on a long winning streak, but this is the Missouri Valley where anything can happen and often does.
The NDSU ‘Bison’ head to Ohio to take on the Youngstown State ‘Penguins’. This is another tough Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) game. In years past the Penguins have fought the Bison hard. Yet, the Bison always seem to come back and score in the last minutes to win the game. The YSU coach Bo Pelini was asked about it, “Different team, different year. We’re going to have to play well. That’s what it comes down to. You have to count on their best shot. They are going to play well. You’ve got to play physical. You’ve got to play smart. You have to be disciplined against this group and you have to execute at a high level. Our guys respect them. How can you not respect the success this team’s had? Our team knows what it is up against. They know what’s required. I think they will answer the bell.” 2
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. -John Dunne.
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.