2013 Countdown: #2

2013 Countdown: #2
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Weekly as the season goes along, I’ll be linking the Sports Network’s FCS Bracketology that they unveil, the debut edition has NDSU as the top seed, joined by 3 other Valley teams and five from the Big Sky, have a look. Our bracketology will come later in the season on the Sunday Night Ramblings. Also make sure you check back in later tonight for the debut edition of the FCS Pick ‘Em, year three between Mr. Kolpack and I.

Montana State is one of the two contenders to prevent NDSU from a third straight title. (Dave Samson – Forum File Photo)

Countdown To 2013: NerdStat #2:

  • 2: That’s the total amount of challengers I believe NDSU has nationally to prevent them from a third straight national championship. Earlier this week Jeff and I made our season predictions, I did predict 9-2, but with one of those losses to a BCS school I cant see the Bison being punished out of the top 2 seeds. There is a possibility that if NDSU is a 3 seed of playing a playoff road game, but if the Bison get a 1 or 2 seed they will head to Frisco again. The challengers are few, but I believe both reside in the Big Sky and both reside in the state to our west, Montana. Let’s start with the Griz, after a year spent dealing with off-field issues and distractions, they have their quarterback back in Jordan Johnson, who was a couple plays away from putting Montana in the 2011 title game against the Bison. The Griz defense will be much improved and the schedule is favorable, home games against App State, Cal Poly and Eastern Washington, with only two tough roadies, Northern Arizona and Montana State. Speaking of the Bobcats, they have everything going in their favor as well, led by Denarius McGee, who much like Brock Jensen is ready for his 4th year as a starting quarterback. MSU has skill at every position you’d like and a schedule that’s pretty manageable (Don’t freak out on that Bison fans; I would have still said that if the NDSU game stayed on the schedule) MSU only has one tough road trip to Eastern Washington, a potential upset game at UND, but they host Northern Arizona and Montana and don’t have to play Cal Poly. I know we are a long, long way from Frisco, but with tickets already gone for the game, how exciting would a border war title game be? Fun to think of.

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