Well now it’s really getting fun. Jeff and I have been covering this team for 20 weeks now (14 games, 2 byes, and 4 weeks of training camp) and NDSU sits a win away from playing for the national championship. I don’t think I have to tell anyone though that this is the best team the Bison have faced all season. A look at the Georgia Southern stats in a minute. But first a history lesson…
As most of you know, the Eagles were supposed to come to Fargo back on September 10th of this season, but they bought out of the game, here’s my original post on that story: http://bisonmedia.areavoices.com/2010/10/29/georgia-southern-is-out/
It only seems fitting that the Eagles now have to come to Fargo, the football gods say these two teams must play this season. Georgia Southern is good. This is not the team NDSU beat 34-14 back in 2006 in Statesboro, and some of their numbers are ridiculous.
Rushing Yards the past 4 games:
- vs Wofford: 290
- vs Alabama: 302 (scored 21 points, most Crimson Tide allowed all year)
- vs Old Dominion: 477 (Defensive coaching staff fired after game)
- vs Maine: 360
The old tried and true notion is if you want to beat NDSU you have to run the football. Georgia Southern hasn’t had a problem doing that all year.
I saw plenty of comments about TV coverage in our PostGame Video Blog yesterday, just wanted to clear a couple things up. The NDSU-Georgia Southern game will be shown on ESPN U Saturday at 1:30, which appromixately 46 million people get here in the U.S. and most importantly nearly everyone gets in the Fargo-Moorhead area, available on DirecTV, Dish Network, MidContinent and Cable One(with digital cable) NDSU specifically requested for the Saturday game to avoid any conflicts with graduation on Friday and to be honest, ESPN was going to chose Montana and Sam Houston State for name recognition and market size. Montana is a known quantity and after what ESPN saw Friday night with 25,000 in the stands and with Sam Houston being an hour from Houston, that’s what won out over Fargo, I’d say the average college fan would have a hard time locating where Georgia Southern is. To be honest, it’s better for tailgating and the amount of exposure NDSU will get will be huge, just think of other sports that have been on ESPN U recently, Men’s Basketball at Iowa State, Softball the last 2 years in the NCAA Tournament and Midnight Madness a couple years ago.
We have a big week planned, stories every night on WDAY 6 Sports and our new video blog will be up tomorrow!