FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 3

What a weekend to recap and we’ve got plenty to talk about, including the great start by the Missouri Valley in non-conference play, what does that mean when Valley play begins? Join us at 10 Central!

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Bison PostGame Show vs Incarnate Word

Still going strong after being awake for 17 hours, but I know you guys count on the PostGame Shows each and every week, so here’s this weeks after NDSU’s 27th straight win, 58-0 over Incarnate Word. Join Jeff, Big E and me as we break down the game and look at what happened downtown as well.

FCS Pick ‘Em – Week 3

Kolpack can hold bragging rights into Week 3, off a 16-1 week his only loss was Southern Illinois beating Eastern, so he holds the title of great “FCS Mind” into week 3, some conference games begin this weekend, you can listen to this segment in final part of Kolpack and Izzo tomorrow on 970 WDAY at 8:50 am!

                                                                          DOM  (31-6)       JEFF (34-3)

  • (24) Eastern Illinois at Illinois St.          Ill St.                      Ill St
  • Indiana State at Ball State                     BSU                       BSU
  • Lehigh at (9) New Hampshire                UNH                      UNH
  • Drake at Western Illinois                       WIU                        WIU
  • Butler at (16) Youngstown St.                YSU                      YSU
  • Central Arkansas at (18) Montana St.  MSU                       CAU
  • South Carolina St at (5) Coastal Car.    CCU                      CCU
  • SEMO at (14) Southern Illinois              SIU                         SIU
  • UND at Missouri State                           Mo S                      Mo St
  • (3) SE Louisiana at Tulane                    SELA                      Tulane
  • (10) SDSU at Southern Utah                 SDSU                     SDSU
  • USD at (4) Montana                                UM                          UM
  • (11) UNI at Hawaii                                   Hawaii                     Hawaii

  • Wyoming at (2) Oregon                       ORE                          ORE


Meet The University Of The Incarnate Word

The attention of most Bison fans will center on who the guest picker will be when “College GameDay” wraps up or what backups will get reps on Saturday, but there is an opponent for NDSU to face, a newcomer to the FCS ranks, the University of the Incarnate Word. The Cardinals are in their second year of FCS, they played as an independent last season, joining the Southland Conference this July. UIW is based in San Antonio, they moved up from Division II and are in the midst of their transition to fully funded Division 1 status and scholarships, Jeff wrote more about the move up here.

Incarnate Word will play its biggest game in the short history of the football program Saturday against NDSU.

Larry Kennan brings a team with some FBS transfers, his most notable name isn’t a player, but a coach, former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams, who’s working part-time on the staff as running backs coach. The Cardinals are dealing with an injury to starting quarterback Trent Brittain, just a sophomore, his left leg was broken in the season opener against Sac State, meaning Taylor Woods has taken over as the quarterback.  One player to watch is wide receiver Casey Jennings, he racked up 122 yards on five receptions in the last game against Stephen F. Austin.

NDSU is paying UIW $190,000 for this game in Fargo, but that money seems minimal to the amount of exposure that the school is going to get on Saturday. Granted, they are a footnote to the game on Saturday, much like Delaware State was last season, but this is still the biggest game in the short history of the school and as Jeff’s article said plenty of the big boosters of the school will be in Fargo on Saturday.

One footnote, after a preseason where the majority of Missouri Valley coaches said the teams needed to be better against non-conference FCS schools, the Valley is 8-0 after two weeks:

  • NDSU (1-0) beat Weber State
  • SDSU (1-0) beat Cal Poly
  • SIU (1-0) beat Eastern Illinois
  • YSU (1-0) beat Duquesne
  • Illinois St (1-0) beat Mississippi Valley St.
  • Indiana St (1-0) beat Tennessee Tech
  • Missouri St (1-0) beat NW State
  • Western Illinois (1-0) beat Valpo

Combined record of opponents? 2-14. Wouldn’t be getting too excited yet, watch UNI-Hawaii Saturday night though.

My FCS Week 3 Poll

  1. North Dakota State   (2-0,  won at Weber State
  2. Eastern Washington  (2-1, lost at Washington)
  3. Southeastern Louisiana (2-0, won vs. Southern Utah)
  4. Coastal Carolina (2-0, won at NC A&T)
  5. Montana  (1-1, won vs Central Washington)
  6. McNeese State (0-1, lost at Nebraska)
  7. Jacksonville State (1-1, won at Chattanooga)
  8. New Hampshire (0-1, BYE)
  9. Northern Iowa (0-1, BYE)
  10. Villanova  (1-1, won vs Fordham)
  11. South Dakota State (1-1, won vs Cal Poly)
  12. Bethune-Cookman  (1-0, BYE)
  13. Fordham (1-1, lost at Villanova)
  14. Tennessee State (1-1, lost at Alabama State)
  15. Furman  (2-0, won at Mercer)
  16. William & Mary (1-1, won at Hampton)
  17. Sam Houston State (1-2, lost at LSU)
  18. Richmond  (1-1, lost at Virginia)
  19. Montana State (1-1, beat Black Hills St)
  20. Maine   (0-1, BYE)
  21. Eastern Kentucky  (2-0, won at Miami (OH) )
  22. Southern Illinois (2-0, won at Eastern Illinois)
  23. Northern Arizona (1-1, won at Abilene Christian)
  24. Youngstown State (1-1, won vs Duquesne)
  25. Central Arkansas (1-1, won vs UT Martin) 
  • Biggest movers in my poll: McNeese State up to six, despite they lost, they nearly clipped Nebraska, which Huskers head coach Bo Pelini said after the game they’re not playing FCS games anymore.
  • Villanova is into the top ten after thrashing Fordham, Wildcats could be 2-0 nearly winning at Syracuse.
  • Eastern Kentucky moves into Top 25 after posting the third win for the FCS over an FBS team, Colonels beat Miami of Ohio and are now 2-0.
  • Southern Illinois up two spots to 22, Salukis winning on the road at Eastern Illinois, strong start for Dale Lennon’s team.



FCS Sunday Night Ramblings – Week 2

What shall we discuss tonight? A 26th straight win or 20th on the road? Or College Gameday going to an FCS site for a second straight year? The Sunday Night Ramblings begin at 10pm Central, join us!

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Bison PostGame Show at Weber State

It may not have been pretty, but NDSU found a way on the road Saturday night to defeat Weber State 24-7 for a 26th straight win and 20th straight away from Fargo. Kyle Emanuel cemented a Chris Klieman claim that he’s the best defensive end in the FCS with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble that led to Carlton Littlejohn’s touchdown recovery. With the win that means College Gameday will return to Fargo next Saturday, we don’t know where yet, NDSU is holding a press conference on Sunday afternoon, we’ll have more info on that coming tomorrow. Enjoy the Postgame show, hope you liked the coverage today from Utah!