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    North Dakota St. Game?

    Who can tell me what we're up against in this game...I don't know anything about them. Honestly I'd never even heard of them until I saw our schedule...

    What offense are they gonna run, what defense are we gonna see?

    Why do some reviews say it might be close?



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCity View Post
    Why do some reviews say it might be close?
    Because we're coming off a 2-10 season with 10 straight losses.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    They also beat the Gophers in the Dome a couple years back. Brewster's first year, I think.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Because we're coming off a 2-10 season with 10 straight losses.
    This.

    But frankly, most of the pundits you see writing garbage calling this a close game are idiots who have done no research--they look at records and just extrapolate idiotic conclusions.


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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    They have beaten a few Div 1 teams in the last several years. Maybe Colorado and Minnesota? But they were down when they lost to them, whomever it was.


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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    FCS team that is respectable. Should be similar to last year's opener. Win by 3TDs minimum IMO.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    A former Nebraska assistant coach, Craig Bohl, is the head coach. He and his staff have done some good things up there. They lost to UNI last year, but defeated Minnesota the year before.

    Here is their Web site link Football - News - North Dakota State University if you want to find out more about them.

    I just picture these guys as tough as nails. I mean, anyone who goes to Fargo on their own free will has to be tough.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    They just made the jump in the past couple of years from Division II to Division I. They were a perenial Division II powerhouse and won several National Titles.

    NDSU gets a lot of the talented MN kids who don't get an offer from Minnesota.

    They're a tough team to play, they beat Minnesota in Minneapolis a couple years back (although that was Minny's 1-11 season).

    They'll come ready to play and won't be a push-over in my opinion. We will be more athletic, but they will be solid in both O & D lines and I think we're going to have some trouble stopping the run.

    ISU should win, but my guess is NDSU will play tough, especially in the first half and will most likely expose some of our D-line weakness.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    I've been hearing that they have lost their starting QB and RB. I've also heard that they've lost their top WR by means of the coach kicking them off of the team. IIRC, they've lost they're top defensive folks.

    I think it's safe to say that everyone who picked this game to be close or even picked NDSU to win, hasn't done their research any further than they beat Minny a couple years ago and have been competitive with some other BCS schools in the past. Put it this way, SDSU beat them last season and we kicked their faces in.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    I will say this. If we struggle to run the ball and get pressure on the QB like we did last year vs SDSU then we will again be in for a long season.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    It's NDSU's 2nd season as a D1-AA(FCS) school.

    2009 Any Given Saturday Poll Preseason Top 25

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    1. Richmond (59), 2338
    2. Appalachian State (20), 2292
    3. Montana (5), 2154
    4. Villanova (11), 2152
    5. Northern Iowa (2), 2011
    6. James Madison (1), 1746
    7. Southern Illinois, 1703
    8. New Hampshire, 1695
    9. Weber State, 1692
    10. Elon, 1398
    11. Wofford, 1326
    12. Cal Poly, 1159
    13. William & Mary, 1105
    14. Central Arkansas, 1034
    15. Maine, 841
    16. McNeese State, 687
    17. South Carolina State, 617
    18. Massachusetts, 602
    19. Eastern Washington, 538
    20. Delaware, 409
    21. South Dakota State, 397
    22. Furman, 386
    23. Texas State, 323
    24. Georgia Southern, 311
    25. Montana State, 306

    Others receiving votes (minimum of 5 votes): Jacksonville State (54), Liberty (48), Colgate (46), Harvard (43), Albany (36), Eastern Kentucky (36), Holy Cross (30), Samford (26), North Dakota State (24), Northern Arizona (24), Grambling State (14), Youngstown State (11), Florida A&M (10), Tennessee-Martin (8), Prairie View A&M (7), Western Illinois (7), Pennsylvania (5), UC Davis (5).

    The offensive coordinator has been at NDSU for 12 years, and never a D1 school.

    They lost to South Dakota State by 1 last year, a team we handly beat.

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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    They get some hype because two years ago they were ranked #1 in D-1AA, beating FBS teams in Minnesota and Central Michigan. However last year they were 7-5 and lost their season finale to South Dakota State who ISU beat last year 44-17.



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    Quote Originally Posted by bootcy View Post
    They get some hype because two years ago they were ranked #1 in D-1AA, beating FBS teams in Minnesota and Central Michigan. However last year they were 7-5 and lost their season finale to South Dakota State who ISU beat last year 44-17.
    This. Plus they graduated their star safety, WR dismissed, and RB walked out.


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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    I think they upset UNI a few years ago. They must be a decent 1-AA. We should blow them out, right?



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    Re: North Dakota St. Game?

    Quote Originally Posted by pujolsman View Post
    I think they upset UNI a few years ago. They must be a decent 1-AA. We should blow them out, right?
    A few years ago we went bowling. More relevant, they lost to UNI and SD ST last year.



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