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    Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    I know this isn't really anything new, but you just can't take any team in college football for granted anymore.

    Kansas State knows it now. ISU found out back in Chizik's regime when we lost to UNI, and should have lost to UNI two years ago too. Truth is, a lot of FBS college football teams are now finding that out.

    I just think there are so many more really talented high school football players out there than ever before. Many of which are getting overlooked by the FBS teams. Combine that with JUCO's going to some of these FCS schools, as well as troubled FBS level players who transfer to these FCS schools so they don't have to sit out for a year, and you can put together a heck of a talented football team.

    I watched a lot of that NDSU-KSU contest last night, and the truth is, NDSU physically looked every bit the part that KSU did. They weren't a mismatch whatsoever physically or athletically. And UNI has some really talented kids too, so we better come prepared tonight.

    Now I'm not saying that an Alabama would lose to an NDSU football team. That would be almost impossible, but it's not impossible for a really good FCS team, with lots of returning starters, to beat an average FBS team that has lost a lot of starters from the previous season and is in a somewhat rebuilding mode.

    And that is exactly what ISU faces tonight. ISU has lost a lot from last year's team, especially on defense. ISU is a young and inexperienced team. I fully expect ISU to win tonight, mostly because I think we will be improved on offense and also because I don't think UNI is to NDSU's level yet. NDSU will probably beat UNI fairly easy this year IMO.



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    Re: Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    NDSU isn't Western Illinois. They are the #1 FBS team and 2-time defending champ. They would be a bowl team easily in FBS. Anyone thinking they are a pushover just because they are FCS is a fool.

    Also, they are MUCH better than UNI.



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    Re: Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    You're very right as far as the top-tier FCS teams. NDSU can beat or seriously challenge most FBS teams.

    UNI isn't where they are right now. Still have to show up and beat them down.
    I think that's what happens tonight.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    And if any of us on here were playing tonight, this would have been a really meaningful speech.

    Seriously, I get what you are saying, especially combined with the first game jitters out of the favored team. I really don't hold too much stock in this game. Let's just win, no matter how we do it, get the W. Let's not forget, that ISU team that should have lost to UNI, was the same team that beat OSU.



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    Re: Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    Nothing new here. Remember #1 Appalachian State vs #5 Michigan, that was 6 years ago. Top FCS teams are always good.



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    Re: Can't take anyone for granted anymore

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    NDSU isn't Western Illinois. They are the #1 FBS team and 2-time defending champ. They would be a bowl team easily in FBS. Anyone thinking they are a pushover just because they are FCS is a fool.

    Also, they are MUCH better than UNI.
    Yup, although to be far to some of the past UNI teams, the Bison are today what some of those past UNI teams were when they were on the top of the FCS pile.



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