Monday’s hot links

 

Covering The Herd – Dave Samson

In case you missed it. The Forum did a great piece last week on the team behind Forum Communications NDSU Bison football coverage (Read here). Dave Samson is a veteran photographer and has been shooting the Bison for over 30 years. Here is a short ‘behind the scenes’ about his game day experience.


An early Christmas present

A day removed from clinching a fourth straight trip to the FCS Championship Game, the NDSU coaching staff hit the road and in the process had one of the most successful recruiting days in recent memory, landing four commitments from Missouri to Florida.

Demaris Purifoy is the fourth verbal from yesterday, a 6’2, 180 pound running back from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and had a bunch of offers; including two from the FBS, New Mexico and Wyoming. Purifoy also had offers from Illinois State, UNI, Southern Illinois and SDSU.

This brings the total amount of known commitments up to 20 for the Class of 2015, with a few players choosing NDSU over FBS offers.

Media Blog PostGame Show vs Sam Houston State

North Dakota State is heading back to Frisco for a fourth straight year. The Bison dominated in the second half outscoring the Bearkats 28-0 en route to a 35-3 sending the Bison to the FCS Championship Game for a fourth straight year.

Kyle Emanuel had one of the best games of his career, with 2.5 sacks and 11 tackles, just four days removed from winning the Buck Buchanan Award. Nick DeLuca had another great game with 13 tackles and his third pick of the season and John Crockett chipped in with 166 yards and three touchdowns.

NDSU will now play the winner of Illinois State and New Hampshire in the FCS title game on January 10th.


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FCS Pick ‘Em – Semifinal Edition

Well here we are. It’s the next to last weekend for the FCS season and the lead is one game. Jeff and I have picked today’s NDSU-Sam Houston game, so there’s one other game to pick. We’ll also choose the D2 and D3 Title games!

                                                                        DOM  (150-51)          JEFF (149-52)

  • Illinois State at New Hampshire          Ill. State                   UNH
D2 Championship Game 
  • MSU Mankato vs CSU Pueblo           MSU Mankato         CSU-Pueblo

D3 Championship Game
  • Wis-Whitewater vs Mt Union              Mt. Union                  Whitewater

 

Thursday’s hot links

’13 vs. ’14 teams: Is there really much difference?

It’s been talked about a lot of this season and even head coach Chris Klieman on more than one occasion said this year’s team is not as good overall as the 2013 national title team that went 15-0 and was rarely challenged during the season. It’s generally a safe assumption that team was deeper, especially on defense, than this year’s crew and the backfield and receivers were perhaps a half step above this year’s team in overall talent. But on the whole, is last year’s team that much better?

I’ve referenced this before but statistically, they’re about the same and in several areas, and there are some spots where this year’s team that plays Sam Houston Friday night for the right to go back to Frisco is better. Let’s evaluate the 15-game and 14-game seasons of ’13 and ’14.

  • The 2014 team is better in fewer turnovers (14 to 18), punting average (44.6 to 43.7), passing defense (149 to 165), sacks given up (14 to 18) and turnover margin (plus 9 to plus 5).
  • They are virtually even in passing yards (195 to 200), time of possession (33.58 this year to 33.40 last year), opponents scoring average (13.9 this year to 11.3) and average total yards given up (266 to 256).
  • The 2013 team had a better scoring average at 38.7 points a game to the 33.1 this year, although you could argue last year’s team had a Division II team on the schedule and this year’s team had a tougher non-conference schedule and the Missouri Valley on the whole had a higher GPI than last year. This year’s team is averaging 12 more penalty yards a game (53 to 41).

The 2013 team bombed its way through the playoffs with beatdowns on Furman, Coastal Carolina and New Hampshire. On the flipside, those three were new to the Fargodome, which has not been the case so far this year. South Dakota State has been here a lot lately and Coastal was making its second appearance in a row. Experience makes a difference. Also, quarterback Carson Wentz has been very good since the loss at Northern Iowa completing 52 of 83 passes for 63 percent with 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, no turnovers in the playoffs. He also had 120 yards rushing against Youngstown. It’s an offense that is playing well heading into Friday.

 

Wednesday’s hot links