- In today’s Forum, NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen joins three other new faces to NDSU’s programs.
- With another loss, Indiana State or Southern Illinois could find themselves out of the playoff picture.
- The Bison hope that their roller-coaster performances have leveled for the offensive line.
- In today’s spotlight, receiver Zach Vraa talks about social media and more.
- From WDAY6 Sports, NDSU started its 31-game winning streak against USD in a game in Sioux Falls. Today’s matchup heads back to the DakotaDome in Vermillion..
- Watch for the Bison pregame and postgame shows on inforum.com today and the live game blog following the link above.
Week 9 may be Separation Saturday in the FCS, there are some tremendous matchups this week, some teams playoff fates may be sealed this weekend. It’s also time to get serious for me, trailing by three games heading into this weekend’s games, looking to keep the Nickel!
DOM (91-24) JEFF (94-21)
- Delaware at (20)William & Mary W&M Del
- (23) UNI at Western Illinois WIU UNI
- SEMO at (18) Eastern Kentucky EKU EKU
- (16) Youngstown St at (15) SDSU SDSU SDSU
- Stony Brook at (5) New Hampshire UNH UNH
- North Dakota at Southern Utah UND SUU
- Charleston So at (3) Coastal Carolina CCU Char
- (2) Eastern Washington at No. Arizona EWU EWU
- (8) SE Louisiana at Stephen F Austin SELA SELA
- Missouri State at (9) Illinois State Ill St Ill St
- (24) Indiana State at (19) So. Illinois SIU SIU
- (6) Montana at Cal Poly Mont Mont
- Ole Miss at LSU Ole Miss LSU
- On inforum.com, a look at NDSU’s 31-game winning streak with some interesting facts about the run.
- Jeff Kolpack writes about Bison linebacker Pierre Gee-Tucker’s injury issues.
- Wyndmere-Lidgerwood product Jeff Illies has big-play potential. See his story on WDAY.com.
- The tables could be turned a bit this Saturday when the Bison play indoors – away from the Fargodome. If the DakotaDome gets loud, NDSU is preparing to use a silent count to keep its offense on track.
- Wide receiver Zach Vraa caught his first two TD passes of the season last week and is closing in on the record.
- NDSU is ranked No. 22 in a preseason wrestling poll.
The performance of the Bison offensive line in the season opener at Iowa State got rave reviews. The following week at Weber State? Not so much. The unit returned to form against the University of Montana, a game in which the Bison had the ball for over 39 minutes of a 60-minute game. The following week at Western Illinois? The line wasn’t so great.
“Just too many highs and lows,” said Bison offensive line coach Conor Riley.
The lows, however, seem to have disappeared the last two games and the hope for Riley is the offensive line has found its groove heading into Saturday’s clash at South Dakota. Certainly, four new starters doesn’t make for the easiest transition, although Riley says that doesn’t mean expectations should be lower. Both players and coaches say they were disappointed with the effort at WIU. For a history lesson, Riley said the coaches showed the offensive linemen some film from a few years ago when NDSU assistant coach Tyler Roehl was the starting running back.
“We put more of an emphasis on playing physical, playing fast and playing confident and I think that’s transferred into the results we’ve seen the last two weeks,” Riley said.
- In today’s Forum, South Dakota, the last school to join of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, is 3-16 in conference play since joining the league.
- From WDAY6 Sports, Sioux Falls Washington standout Deng Goo has verbally committed to play basketball at NDSU. Hear his conversation about his decision.
I had a chance on Monday to visit with Sioux Falls Washington Head Coach and Mayport native Craig Nelson about Deng Geu verbally committing to play hoops at NDSU. He’s the 2nd commitment for the Class of 2015, joining Illinois’ Dylan Miller. Enjoy the interview.
- In today’s Forum, Jeff Kolpack writes about how facing a 3-4 defense no longer troubles NDSU as much as it has in the past.
- A late scoop-and-score by Indiana State puts Bison RB Chase Morlock on the spot with two fumbles in the last three games.
- USD can be dangerous in its own dome, a factor NDSU head coach Chris Klieman is not taking lightly.
- Bison DE Kyle Emanuel is honored by MVFC.
- Former NDSU standout Paul Cornick gets his first NFL start in a record-breaking game for Denver.
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack for the Bison Video Blog! Jeff and Dom will recap the Monday morning NDSU Athletics presser and preview this weekend’s game against the University of South Dakota.
- North Dakota State
- Eastern Washington
- New Hampshire
- Coastal Carolina
- Illinois State
- Jacksonville State
- Southeastern Louisiana
- Montana State
- McNeese State
- Youngstown State
- South Dakota State
- William & Mary
- Eastern Kentucky
- Southern Illinois
- Indiana State
- James Madison
- Sacred Heart