The season is drawing closer, we nearly had our first FCS upset of the season pulled off by Abilene Christian over Georgia State tonight, but the Panthers pulled it out to win their first ever FBS game. Our first round of selections are listed below as is a special preview to Saturday’s return of the Bison PreGame Show!!
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As we near the full week 1 of the college football season, the FCS upsets tend to happen early, you don’t have to look too far with NDSU beating K-State and Eastern Washington taking out Oregon State. The slate this year isn’t as compelling as 2013, but there’s some definite candidates to watch for:
NDSU at Iowa State (11 am Saturday, FOX Sports 1) This goes without saying as the Bison enter this matchup winners of 24 in a row and four straight against the FBS. Iowa State has a talented offense, but lots of questions on defense, something that the Bison will look to attack on Saturday morning. ISU knows full well about how good the FCS is, losing its season opener to Northern Iowa last year so they won’t be surprised by the Bison, but this has been a perfect recipe game for NDSU in years past.
Villanova at Syracuse (6:30pm Friday, ESPN3) The Wildcats bring one of the best QB’s in the nation, John Robertson into this game at the Carrier Dome, ‘Nova lost by 10 to Boston College last season, this Syracuse team has talent, but will struggle in the ACC, keep an eye on this game on Friday night.
Northern Iowa at Iowa (11 am Saturday, Big Ten Network) The Panthers are highly touted this season, thanks to all-conference running back David Johnson, but there are some question marks with this team, including the status of its best defensive player, Jake Farley, as he tries to come back from a broken leg that he suffered last year against NDSU. UNI played a perfect game last year against Iowa State, they’ll need another one against a Hawkeyes team that has high hopes to get back into the Big 10 race, definitely a game Bison fans will be keeping an eye on Saturday for obvious reasons.
Montana at Wyoming (3 pm Saturday, Root Sports) I know Bison fans will laugh at this pick, but Montana has been known for knocking off the upper division, but if there’s one coach that will have his team prepared, it’s Craig Bohl. This game is intriguing for so many reasons, to see how Bohl’s team will play in it’s first game, to getting a look at the Griz as they come to Fargo September 20th. I don’t have a great feeling on Montana winning, but just keep an eye on it.
Other Options (Delaware at Pittsburgh – 11 am Sat, ESPN3; Youngstown State at Illinois – 11 am Sat, Big 10 Network; James Madison at Maryland – 2:30 Big 10 Network)
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NDSU and UND will play once again in football. The two sides have agreed on a two game series beginning on September 19th, 2015 in Fargo and then again on September 7th, 2019 once again in Fargo. UND will receive 125,000 for the ’15 game and 140K for the 2019 game along with 500 tickets. Former NDSU AD Gene Taylor outlined the deal with UND AD Brian Faison. There’s a press conference scheduled for 12:30 this afternoon, WDAY will be carrying it live, stay tuned for more info.
We’re nearing the end of the third week of NDSU’s fall camp with an update on Chase Morlock, who had knee surgery earlier this week, but should be expected in the lineup for Iowa State, Jeff has a full update here.
Chase Morlock had meniscus surgery earlier this week, but expects to play at Iowa State August 30th.
Had a chance to visit with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Nate Tanguay for the first time earlier this week, he knows he has plenty of pressure on him to perform and says going up against Billy Turner, Tyler Gimmestad and Josh Colville was the best learning experience, watch my story here.
I tweeted out the story last night that USA Today ran about Liberty and its pursuit of moving up to FBS, with some frank comments from some Sun Belt officials: ”They have a lot of resources, but does anybody even know they’re Division I?” the person said. “If we’re going to add a 12th, we want someone people are going to recognize and raise the profile of the conference. I just don’t think Liberty adds anything to our profile.”
I know all schools aren’t the same but this is another warning sign for schools that are looking to move up. I think a big test case for Bison fans to watch this fall is what happens with Georgia Southern and App State, each going thru their first year in the Sun Belt, they still don’t have all their athletes on scholarship, but each were predicted to finish middle of the road in the league.
Finally some humor from SB Nation on why you should watch Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State this Saturday, my question is how many will this weekend? Live blog will follow on Sunday night at 10pm join us!