Lost in the Cal Poly win was the play of NDSU’s scout team during practice. It couldn’t have been easy on the rookies to simulate the Mustangs’ offense and defense. A couple of the starters said they heard a few freshmen came in early to watch tape of the Mustangs in order to give the No. 1 offense and defense a better look.
Now comes South Dakota State, which runs pretty much the same style of defense as NDSU. Both run the Tampa 2. There shouldn’t be many surprises for the Bison offense on Saturday so that should highlight a basic element of football: man vs. man.
Statistically, NDSU has the edge in most of the major categories. That would lead me to believe the Jacks will pull out the playbook against the Bison defense. Cal Poly’s best play was a halfback pass after all. But the SDSU head coach doesn’t seem like the type to drastically change something that’s been working for the past seven weeks.
So what’s it going to come down to? The same thing that every big game comes down to: turnovers.