Well here we go, into November so much to be decided over the next four weeks, what we think we know now could be completely different on the 22nd. A lot could be sorted out tomorrow, there are some huge matchups with playoff implications, including here in Fargo, Kolpack and I will be on from 9-11 as usual on 970 WDAY, followed by the Pregame show from the tailgating lots at 11:30 on WDAY’Z Xtra and wday.com. On to the picks, where it’s a three-game lead for the elder statesman!
As we enter the final month of the regular season the Missouri Valley has two teams that started the season 7-0 or better for the first time in league history. That also brings with it the unique possibility of two teams tying for the league title, that will NOT play one another. NDSU and Illinois State each are at 4-0 in conference play, but with the conference at ten teams and wanting to stay at an eight game league schedule, that means teams will miss one another and NDSU-ISU is on the rotation for the next two years. That provides for a unique situation if the Bison and Redbirds end up tied come November 22nd. Here’s what the two teams have left:
NDSU – vs. SDSU, at Northern Iowa, at Missouri State, vs. Youngstown State
Ilinois State – at Northern Iowa, vs Youngstown State, at South Dakota, vs Southern Illinois
Now the biggest question we’ve received on the blog is what happens if NDSU and Illinois State are tied, who receives the automatic qualifier to the FCS Playoffs? Here’s the answer straight from the Valley’s Assistant Commissioner; Mike Kern:
If the tied teams did not play each other, then each team’s record against all common conference opponents shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
·If the teams are still tied, then each team’s record against the next highest common opponent in the conference standings shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
·If the teams are still tied, the latest available GPI ranking prior to NCAA selection shall be used as the final tiebreaker.
From a new location in the bunker, thoughts on the Missouri Valley race, how Youngstown’s schedule gets tougher, how UNI controls its own destiny and the latest round of bracketology! All in 6 minutes or less!
Apologies on the delay on posting this, but enjoy this last Sunday in October with a look back at a dominant NDSU performance at South Dakota as the Bison force three turnovers and a couple of new players rise to the forefront in Omaha natives Nick DeLuca and RJ Urzendowski. The Sunday Video Rmablings will be posted later tonight around 10pm, until then!
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
I had a chance on Monday to visit with Sioux Falls Washington Head Coach and Mayport native Craig Nelson about Deng Geu verbally committing to play hoops at NDSU. He’s the 2nd commitment for the Class of 2015, joining Illinois’ Dylan Miller. Enjoy the interview.
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!
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.