It’s an off week for NDSU football and, looking at the Missouri Valley Football Conference as a whole, it’s been an off start. I have a column running later today on Inforum.com detailing as such. One subject that still needs to be discussed, however, is the South Dakota State weather debacle at Iowa State. The game was canceled. The question: Does that help or hurt the Jackrabbits in the long run? The theory is based on Iowa State winning that game; the Cyclones were already up 7-0 early in the game and have a formidable team returning from last year.
SDSU athletic director Justin Sell said it’s not a fear of the game hurting his team. You still have to try and win the conference, he said, and if you do that, it doesn’t matter what happened in the season opener. And there’s also the issue of just not playing a game against an FBS opponents, certainly a lost learning opportunity.
“For us, if you look at the overall schedule, if it gets down to a seeding deal and you leave it to chance and end up 6-4 vs. maybe a 7-4 with Iowa State as a loss, a lot comes down to which teams you win against and which teams you lose against and quality wins vs. bad losses,” Sell said. “It doesn’t change what we have to go out and do. If you start worrying about (not playing a game), you’re in trouble.”
Sells was upstairs in a booth at Jack Trice Stadium when the weather started rolling in. It was an operations center of sorts with somebody from the weather service dissecting the radar. It was a lot of waiting and hoping. By the time it got to around 9 to 9:30 p.m., with the lightning still a huge issue, there wasn’t much in the line of decisions to make anymore. The result was looking obvious.
“It was one of those things from a safety standpoint,” Sell said. “It ended up becoming a simple decision at that point. And it was not fun for anybody.”