Voting Time – Week 2

FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls unveiled later today, here’s my Top 25 for the Sports Network poll:

NDSU’s leveling of Iowa State keeps the Bison number one in my Sports Network poll. (Photo courtesy – Carrie Snyder, The Forum)

  1. NDSU
  2. Eastern Washington
  3. Southeastern Louisiana
  4. Coastal Carolina
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Northern Iowa
  7. Montana
  8. Jacksonville State
  9. McNeese State
  10. Fordham
  11. Bethune-Cookman
  12. Villanova
  13. South Dakota State
  14. Tennessee State
  15. Chattanooga
  16. Sam Houston State
  17. Richmond
  18. William & Mary
  19. Furman
  20. Maine
  21. Montana State
  22. Northern Arizona
  23. Youngstown State
  24. Southern Illinois
  25. Eastern Illinois

Sunday Live Ramblings

Plenty to chat about tonight after NDSU’s fifth straight win over an FBS school yesterday, join Jeff, Big E and me at 10 pm!

Live Blog FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 1
 

Bison PostGame Show at Iowa State

It was a dominant effort by NDSU after falling in a 14-0 hole in Ames on Satuday. Carson Wentz in his debut as the starter for the Bison was rock solid and the defense looked like it did all of last season. The NDSU rushing attack looked much like the Bison of old with two touchdown runs of 80 and 66 yards. Join Jeff, Big E and me as we recap NDSU’s record setting 25th straight win.


FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 1

The Pick ‘Em Nickel

Yes it’s back folks, the FCS Pick ‘Em segment, our fourth year of trying to predict games, we’ve got a new twist for this year that I can’t wait to introduce next week on the radio! This is our third year going for the FCS Nickel, Jeff won it in 2012, I won it last year and it’s back up for grabs this season. Some interesting games on the table, let’s see who takes an early lead!

                                                                     

                                                                      DOM   (6-1)      JEFF (7-0)

  • Delaware at Pittsburgh                         PITT                PITT
  • Indiana State at Indiana                         IU                    IU
  • (5) Northern Iowa at Iowa                      IOWA             UNI
  • (21) Youngstown St at Illinois                 ILL                 ILL
  • (10) SDSU at Missouri                           Mizzou          Mizzou
  • James Madison at Maryland                  JMU               Maryland
  • (5) Montana at Wyoming                       Wyo               Griz
  • (6) Coastal Carolina at Citadel              CCU               CCU
  • (4) New Hampshire at Toledo                TOL               TOL
  • (23) Bethune-Cookman at Florida Int.   BC                  BC
  • Sacramento St at Incarnate Word        Sac                Sac
  • (19) Montana St at Arkansas St.           ASU                ASU
  • South Dakota at Oregon                       ORE               ORE

VARSITY GAME OF THE WEEK

  • (16) Clemson at (12) Georgia                UGA               UGA

Bison Video Blog: A Tease For Saturday

The season is drawing closer, we nearly had our first FCS upset of the season pulled off by Abilene Christian over Georgia State tonight, but the Panthers pulled it out to win their first ever FBS game. Our first round of selections are listed below as is a special preview to Saturday’s return of the Bison PreGame Show!!

                                                                    DOM  (1-0)                 JEFF (1-0)

  • Missouri State at Northwestern St.     Mo State                    Mo. State
  • Valparaiso at Western Illinois              WIU                           WIU
  • Chattanooga at Central Michigan        Chatt.                        CMU
  • Eastern Illinois at Minnesota                UM                            UM
  • Cal Poly at New Mexico St.                 NMSU                        NMSU
  • UND at San Jose State                       SJSU                         SJSU
  • Villanova at Syracuse                          Nova                          Syr

Week 1 Possible Upsets

As we near the full week 1 of the college football season, the FCS upsets tend to happen early, you don’t have to look too far with NDSU beating K-State and Eastern Washington taking out Oregon State. The slate this year isn’t as compelling as 2013, but there’s some definite candidates to watch for:

  • NDSU at Iowa State (11 am Saturday, FOX Sports 1) This goes without saying as the Bison enter this matchup winners of 24 in a row and four straight against the FBS. Iowa State has a talented offense, but lots of questions on defense, something that the Bison will look to attack on Saturday morning. ISU knows full well about how good the FCS is, losing its season opener to Northern Iowa last year so they won’t be surprised by the Bison, but this has been a perfect recipe game for NDSU in years past.
  • Villanova at Syracuse (6:30pm Friday, ESPN3)  The Wildcats bring one of the best QB’s in the nation, John Robertson into this game at the Carrier Dome, ‘Nova lost by 10 to Boston College last season, this Syracuse team has talent, but will struggle in the ACC, keep an eye on this game on Friday night.
  • Northern Iowa at Iowa (11 am Saturday, Big Ten Network) The Panthers are highly touted this season, thanks to all-conference running back David Johnson, but there are some question marks with this team, including the status of its best defensive player, Jake Farley, as he tries to come back from a broken leg that he suffered last year against NDSU. UNI played a perfect game last year against Iowa State, they’ll need another one against a Hawkeyes team that has high hopes to get back into the Big 10 race, definitely a game Bison fans will be keeping an eye on Saturday for obvious reasons.
  • Montana at Wyoming (3 pm Saturday, Root Sports) I know Bison fans will laugh at this pick, but Montana has been known for knocking off the upper division, but if there’s one coach that will have his team prepared, it’s Craig Bohl. This game is intriguing for so many reasons, to see how Bohl’s team will play in it’s first game, to getting a look at the Griz as they come to Fargo September 20th. I don’t have a great feeling on Montana winning, but just keep an eye on it.
  • Other Options (Delaware at Pittsburgh – 11 am Sat, ESPN3; Youngstown State at Illinois – 11 am Sat, Big 10 Network; James Madison at Maryland – 2:30 Big 10 Network)