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FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 9

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

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Has the Bison offensive line found its groove?

Conor Riley

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.

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