FCS Sunday Night Ramblings

The Sunday Live Chats are on hold for a bit, we’re bringing back the videos from the new and improved bunker! Tonight a first look at the projected playoff field, also former NDSU All-American Paul Cornick will start at right tackle for the Denver Broncos in their Sunday night title with the San Francisco 49ers, more from the Denver Post here. Enjoy!


Sunday recap of coverage

Media Blog PostGame Show vs Indiana State

A lot of things seemed to click on Saturday for NDSU as the Bison played their most complete game of the season, beating Indiana State 34-17 for a 31st consecutive win. Zach Vraa scored two touchdowns (his first two of the season); John Crockett racked up over 100 yards rushing and Kyle Emanuel had 2.5 sacks as the Bison dominated the Sycamores. NDSU improved to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in Valley play with three of their final five games on the road.

Saturday’s hot links


FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 8

It was a week of havoc on the Pick ‘Em thanks to Western Illinois and William and Mary, Kolpack has a two game lead as we start the second half of the season. Some of the top ranked teams have the week off but that doesn’t mean some good games this weekend. Reminder: Kolpack and Izzo LIVE 9-11 am on 970 WDAY, followed by Media Blog PreGame Show LIVE from the students waiting in line at the Dome, 11:30 on WDAY’Z Xtra and wday.com. On to the picks!

                                                                                DOM (83-19)           JEFF (85-17)

  • Towson at Delaware                                          Del                    Del
  • UC Davis at (6) Montana                                    UM                   UM
  • South Dakota at Missouri State                        Mo St              Mo St
  • (4) Villanova at (18) William & Mary                  Vill                    Vill
  • (17) Southern Illinois at (19) Youngstown St  SIU                   SIU
  • (9) Illinois State at Western Illinois                  Ill. St                 WIU
  • Western Carolina at Mercer                             WCU                 WCU
  • Northern Colorado at (2) Eastern Wash.         EWU                 EWU
  • (16) SDSU at (21) Northern Iowa                      UNI                   UNI
  • Presbyterian at (22)Charleston Southern       CSU                 Pres
  • Central Arkansas at (8) SELA                           SELA                 SELA
  • Cal Poly at Sacramento State                           Sac St               Poly
  • Abilene Christian at (10) McNeese State        McN                  McN
  • (5) Notre Dame at (2) Florida State                FSU                    FSU



Bison fans show the look of defeat in the closing seconds of the Indiana State game in 2012


I keep going back to that number, the average yards rushing per game for Indiana State heading into Saturday’s return to the Fargodome against NDSU. Back in the Shakir Bell heyday of a couple of years ago, that was less than a half’s worth of production for the Sycamores, who have been relying on the passing game and a physical defense to put themselves in the FCS playoff hunt. That may bode well for most of the Missouri Valley games, but it generally doesn’t work at the dome, where the crowd noise and NDSU’s Tampa 2 defensively philosophy make the passing game a tough proposition.

The Bison have won 49 of their last 51 games, but let’s scrutinize the two losses and how they happened: The Sycs, of course, were the last team to do it and Bell had a good second half in running the ball, picking up a couple of key first downs in the fourth quarter when the Bison needed the ball back. In 2011, Jamaine Cook had 147 yards rushing and Youngstown won 27-24 at the dome thanks to a time of possession advantage of 37 minutes to 23.

In other words, both of those teams beat NDSU at its own game: a power running attack and holding on to the ball. So getting back to that 86.2; barring an NDSU offensive collapse, ISU most likely has to somehow find a way to reverse that stat if it wants to make it two straight at the dome.