North Dakota State performed lower than an ideal recreation—Bruce Anderson’s fumble on the objective line wasn’t good and cornerback Jaylaan Wimbush stated the staff has to deal with higher—and nonetheless gained fifty two-zero towards the Sycamores at Memorial Stadium in entrance of an intimate gathering of pals, household and noisy Bison followers. Indiana State helped by making extra turnovers than the Pillsbury Doughboy and negating each good play with two dangerous ones. This nonetheless is not an excellent outfit.
The query is: How good are the Bison, actually?
“They’re the No. 1 staff within the nation, for my part,” Indiana State coach Curt Mallory stated with out hesitation.
We’re about to seek out out, lastly. After an early season schedule that seemed mushy as cotton on paper, save the nonconference affair at Japanese Washington, the Bison’s life is about to get a lot harder the subsequent six weeks.
Name it what you’ll—the gauntlet, the meat-grinder, a assassin’s row—however NDSU’s run to the nationwide championship recreation in Frisco, Texas, begins in earnest at Youngstown State subsequent Saturday night time, Oct. 14. Then comes Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, South Dakota and Illinois State.
There’s not a Mississippi Valley State or Robert Morris to be discovered the remainder of the best way.
If the Bison can grind by means of this stretch unbeaten or with one loss, they are going to be internet hosting playoff video games in December.
Are we getting slightly too far forward of ourselves? Yeah, in all probability. The Bison definitely weren’t taking the bait throughout their postgame interviews with the media.
“The Valley’s actually good and actually good this yr,” Bison quarterback Easton Stick stated. “It may be a one-week season every week and we will need to deal with it that method.”
Stick, all the time vanilla together with his feedback, smirked when requested about Youngstown State minutes after the Bison completed off Indiana State. His response indicated the phrases inside his head screamed, “Actually? You possibly can’t allow us to take pleasure in this win for a couple of minutes?”
As an alternative, he provided this for public consumption: “We’ll get there tomorrow morning. I do not need to speak about it proper now, however we’ll get there tomorrow morning. We all know how good they’re traditionally they usually have a superb staff once more this yr.”
The Penguins are a bodily, gifted workforce that pounded the Jackrabbits a few weeks in the past. They may current challenges, physicality and a nastiness the Bison have not seen this season.
What have discovered concerning the Bison by way of this 5-zero begin?
The offense seems like one thing you’d see in a…