Stick vs Streveler, the NDSU ‘Bison’ host the USD ‘Coyotes’ in a match up that might go horribly wrong if NDSU can’t contain the USD star Quarterback.
Chris Streveler is arguably the best player in FCS football. He reminds me of Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. He can score with his arm or legs. If the ‘Bison’ can’t contain him it will be a long afternoon. NDSU head coach Chris Klieman said, “We have to keep him in the pocket. When he gets out on the edge and breaks containment, he can beat you running the football. He can beat you throwing the football. For us, we need to do a great job of keeping him in between the tackles.” The ‘Coyotes’ play a hurry up offense, which can catch the ‘Bison’ off guard. Klieman addressed this in his press conference, “Once they cross the 50, boy they’re going as fast as they can.. We have to get lined up.”
This will be the 44th annual Harvest Bowl game, celebrating excellence in agriculture, education and athletics. Mostly it means the ‘Bison’ will wear their green ‘Harvest’ helmets. More important, it’s Senior Day. 20 NDSU Seniors will play in their final regular-season home game, including 17 fifth-year seniors. NDSU has a 48–6 record since 2014 with two NCAA FCS championships, three Missouri Valley Football Conference titles, a 29–3 home record, a 10–1 postseason record, and a 28–5 record over FCS Top 25 opponents. It’s also Veteran’s day, so there will be short ceremonies honoring our veterans during the game.
True freshman, Running Back #30 Seth Wilson is one of only three running backs available this week along with Bruce Anderson and Ty Brooks. Injuries at Running Back have hurt NDSU this season. The ‘Bison’ lost Demaris Purifoy (knee) in the season-opener, Adam Cofield (knee) for the last three games, and Lance Dunn (hip) for the last two games. Brooks has missed five games with two different leg injuries. It’s very important that NDSU gets through this game with no further injures if they want to make a playoff run.
#5 NDSU is coming off a road loss to SDSU last week. #10 USD is also coming off a loss on the road. USD has been scoring 41.6 points per game, besting NDSU’s 40.0 points. The game is going to come down to defense. It’s here that NDSU has a clear edge.