FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 4

Alrighty last week of non-conference play for many, there are some conference openers and some intriguing games to pick this weekend, our NDSU-Montana game pick will be in the paper tomorrow along with our Pregame Show which airs LIVE tomorrow at 11:30 am on wday.com, inforum.com and bisonmedia.areavoices.com.

                                                                             DOM (42-8)     JEFF (45-5)

  • Western Illinois at Northwestern             NW                   NW
  • (13) Southern Illinois at Purdue               SIU                   Purdue
  • James Madison at (7) Villanova               Nova                Nova
  • (23) No. Arizona at South Dakota            USD                  USD
  • Maine at Boston College                         BC                     BC
  • (2)EWU at (16)Montana State                  EWU                  EWU
  • (9) New Hampshire at (18) Richmond     UNH                  Rich
  • Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian      ACU                   ACU
  • Northern Colorado at (11) UNI                 UNI                   UNI
  • (4) SE Louisiana at SE Missouri St        SELA                 SELA
  • St. Francis at (15) Youngstown St          YSU                   YSU
  • (25) Bryant at Liberty                                LIB                    Bry
  • Stony Brook at North Dakota                  UND                  SB
  • Missouri St at Central Arkansas             Mo St                UCA
  • UW Oshkosh at (10) SDSU                      SDSU                SDSU

“VARSITY” GAME OF THE WEEK
  • Miami at Nebraska                                    NEB                  NEB

The First Turning Point In The D1 Transition

This was long before I arrived in Fargo, but shortly after I got here I heard the stories about the 2003 game with Montana, and this week it’s been fun to go back and watch that game and re-live NDSU’s first huge win in the D1 transition. Jeff wrote about it very well, click here and enjoy, and my story with former Bison QB Tony Stauss and the dulcet tones of my former boss Steve Hallstrom on the call, enjoy.


The cut-and-dried key to the game

Jordan Johnson

I’m not going to need the Father of Football to dissect the key to this game: rushing the football. That’s it.

Specifically for NDSU, stopping the Grizzlies’ running game is probably priority A and there’s no need to look further than the Montana stats this season. Wyoming shut the Griz down to just 42 yards rushing forcing quarterback Jordan Johnson to the air. He completed 24 of 45 for 185 yards and the Cowboys took a 17-12 win.

Last week, the Griz ground game got going against South Dakota to the tune of over 200 yards. It meant Johnson only had to attempt 27 passes with 16 completions. Statistically anyway, it’s apparent that Johnson’s comfort zone in the passing department does not match that of Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams, who would think nothing of putting up 50 attempts per game. Johnson’s game is all about controlling the offense and putting his guys in the right spots. It’s called balance.

If it sounds familiar to NDSU fans, it should. It’s what Brock Jensen did so well, especially his last couple of years. Jensen’s passing stats weren’t eye popping, but the almighty statistic of games won was. So if Johnson needs 25 passing attempts or less, it could be a good day for the Grizzlies. If he’s winging it 40 to 50 times, it could be a good day for the Bison.

Bison Video Blog: Dylan Miller Commits to NDSU Basketball

It’s a heavy football time, but the men’s basketball team is making some waves, Dave Richman has locked up his first verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 in Hillsboro, Illinois big man Dylan Miller. Miller is 6’8, he averaged 17 points per game to go along with 10 rebound a game and his high school head coach Joe Vanzo believes he can come in and play right away. NDSU is going to be a young team for a couple years, the Bison have eleven players on this year’s roster that are sophomores or younger. NDSU has just three scholarships for 2015, provided nobody leaves, so that leaves two. Here’s my interview with Vanzo, and a link to Jeff’s story on Miller committing.


 

My FCS Sports Network Poll – Week 3

  1. North Dakota State       (3-0, beat Incarnate Word)
  2. Eastern Washington      (2-1, BYE)
  3. Montana                       (2-1, beat South Dakota)
  4. Southeastern Louisiana  (2-1, lost at Tulane)
  5. Coastal Carolina           (3-0, beat South Carolina St.)
  6. McNeese State            (1-1, beat Prairie View)
  7. New Hampshire           (1-1, beat Lehigh)
  8. Jacksonville State        (1-1, BYE)
  9. Villanova                     (1-1, BYE)
  10. South Dakota State    (2-1, won at Southern Utah)
  11. Northern Iowa             (0-2, lost at Hawaii)
  12. Bethune-Cookman     (2-0, beat Grambling State)
  13. Fordham                    (2-1, beat Rhode Island)
  14. Tennessee State       (2-1, beat Jackson State)
  15. William & Mary         (2-1, beat Norfolk State)
  16. Montana State         (2-1, beat Central Arkansas)
  17. Richmond               (2-1, beat Hampton)
  18. Southern Illinois       (3-0, beat SE Missouri St)
  19. Youngstown State   (2-1, beat Butler)
  20. Eastern Kentucky   (3-0, beat Morehead St)
  21. Chattanooga         (1-2, beat Austin Peay)
  22. Northern Arizona   (2-1, beat New Mexico Highlands)
  23. Illinois State          (2-0, beat Eastern Illinois)
  24. Maine                   (1-1, lost to Bryant)
  25. Delaware             (2-1, beat Colgate)

FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 3

What a weekend to recap and we’ve got plenty to talk about, including the great start by the Missouri Valley in non-conference play, what does that mean when Valley play begins? Join us at 10 Central!

Live Blog FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 3
 

FCS Top 25 talk

My ballot for Sports Network top 25 media poll today:

North Dakota State

Eastern Washington

Montana

Southeastern Louisiana

Northern Iowa

McNeese State

Villanova

New Hampshire

Coastal Carolina

Youngstown State

South Dakota State

Southern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky

Bethune-Cookman

Delaware

Montana State

Northern Arizona

William & Mary

Illinois State

Fordham

Richmond

Indiana State

Albany

Abilene Christian

Central Arkansas