We have reached the end of the road; for those that started this journey back on May 22nd and read every post and broke them down, thought they were dumb, thought they were great, I appreciate it. I said it was going to be a big undertaking and it was, there may have been a few duplicates but for the most part we had some original stats and got some people thinking which is what I wanted. Now on to the final stat:
Countdown To 2013: NerdStat #1:
- 2-7: That’s the turnover ratio for NDSU in its last three games against FBS opponents (Kansas, Minnesota and Colorado State) a pick against KU and a fumble last year against Colorado State and that’s it. Biggest reason why the team has won those games. Craig Bohl and the players stressed it to us this week about staying on the field and not turning the ball over, each of those things they have been able to do against the FBS and that will be magnified against a quality Kansas State team tomorrow night. Brock Jensen takes care of the football, especially in the biggest games (think the 2 title games, Georgia Southern twice) and he’ll have to do that again. On the flip side the Bison have been able to force turnovers in these games, Marcus Williams has two interceptions, think about Matt Anderson and Chad Willson’s fumble recoveries against Kansas and no one will forget the interception and lateral from Colten Heagle to Williams against the Gophers. A big play defensively will go a long way if NDSU hopes to beat an FBS team for a 4th straight year.
- Make sure you check the blog frequently today, Jeff will be joined by Big E and Jody Norstedt, who’s holding the fort down for me in Manhattan with a video blog, and then full game coverage tomorrow.