The X factors

The X factors

Don’t get fooled by Cal Davis’ win over Stanford. That was a complete fluke that will never happen again in decades. The Bison have about as much chance of beating the Gophers in 2007 as Hallstrom has of getting on the cover of GQ magazine. (Or me beating Hallstrom in golf Saturday in Utah)

 — note: the previous comment was the result of an unidentified hacker at WDAY TV.  Who could this be?  😉 

— note add: Hallstrom, you’ll be hearing from my lawyer. TV calls it slander, we call it libel.

But there are two factors that could make it a somewhat competitive game: the development of NDSU’s young offensive linemen and the status of Gophers head coach Glen Mason.

The Bison coaches are high on the big redshirts, most notably Ryan Foster from Eleva, Wis., Gerry Ebel from Yankton and Keith Buckman from Belfield, N.D. Sam Laudner from Wayzata has been playing some defense but he’s good enough of an athlete to move back to defense. Ryan Schuttloffel from Sioux Falls and Josh Lee from Park River, N.D., could develop. If the Bison are going to hold the score down on the Gophers, they’ll need to establish some type of running game.

And who knows where Mason will be in 2007. He still doesn’t have a contract extension and he could be tired of coaching in Minneapolis by then. Either that or be told to take a hike by Rose Bowl-seeking boosters. 

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