And you thought the NerdStats were going to end once the season started! Just working on some things for the opening pregame show of the season and came across some interesting tidbits that wanted to share:
NDSU NerdStats For Ferris State game:
- Ferris State is named after Woodbridge Nathan Ferris, former governor of the state of Michigan, but most importantly, he was a graduate of Oswego State University, known for some major alums like Al Roker, Steve Levy and someone else I know. More on him Saturday.
- As many know, this is the 2nd meeting NDSU will have Ferris State, the Bulldogs known much more for their D-1 hockey program, lost in 1999 to the Bison 55-35, that started a streak where NDSU has won 14 consecutive home openers, the last one they lost was in 1998 to Emporia State.
- For a state that has plenty of football playing schools in it, Michigan is not a state that NDSU has matched up frequently. Consider that most of the programs in the state are either FBS or D2, there are NO FCS programs in the state, but going thru the archives, I was intrigued to see who NDSU has played from Michigan:
- Michigan State (yes that Michigan State!): 1916 and 1930, Bison lost 30-0 and 19-11 respectively
- Ferris State: mentioned earlier in 1999, a Bison win
- Grand Valley State: D2 powerhouse, Bison hosted them in 1991, after winning the championship and lost 21-17
- Eastern Michigan: the school formerly known as the Hurons, now Eagles, played them in 1970 to a 14-14 tie.
- University of Detroit: they no longer sponsor football, played a long time ago; 1919, a 48-0 loss and 1953 a 33-6 defeat.
- Northern Michigan: a common regular season and playoff opponent in the D2 days, the Bison racked up an 8-4 record against.
- Central Michigan: current fans of the program will go back to this game as a major eye opener, Bison won 44-14 over the Chippewas, a team that went on to win the MAC championship that year and play in a bowl game. The head coach of that team Butch Jones, who now coaches at Tennessee is a Ferris State alum. See how it all ties together?!