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AP Photo by Brent Smith North Dakota State defensive back Marcus Williams warms up before Saturday’s game against Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. The Bison defeated the Sycamores 56-10.

Bye week healing time for Bison

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FARGO — Just finding an 11th football game was a chore for North Dakota State, so in a year when FCS teams are allowed to play 12, there was some risk associated with that.


More games, after all, bring more possibilities for victories – the No. 1 criteria in reaching the FCS playoffs. But an 8-0 record and a season-long No. 1 ranking has helped erase those fears for NDSU.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.