A big concern of the Bison football coaches last year was the lack of some real, Africa-hot weather to train and prepare for games like at Northwestern State (La.). The NDSU players never really got a taste of some good sweat-box workouts.
Judging by the temperatures of the last few days and the forecast of near 100 for the weekend, the coaches are getting what they asked for. Why is this important this year?
The average high temperature on Sept. 30 in Nacogdoches, Texas is 84 degrees. The Bison play at Stephen F. Austin at 6 that night — plenty of time to be plenty hot. The average high temperature in Statesboro, Ga., on Oct. 7 is 79 degrees. The Bison play at Georgia Southern in a game that has a noon starting time — chances are good for a hot game.
If both games are played in hot weather and the Bison hold up with their conditioning, one of the factors they will point to is the summer workouts in hot Fargo.