FARGO — The Harlon Hill Trophy will soon have company in the North Dakota State football awards case. It took a decade, but the Bison finally have their first major individual honor in the Division I era.
FARGO — What helped John Crockett the most in his high school years was AAU basketball. That’s when the team would travel during the summer and spend many weekends in hotels.
FARGO — A year later, Coastal Carolina is in the same position with a NCAA Division I FCS quarterfinal game on tap at North Dakota State. But, in another sense, the Chanticleers are not in the same position.
FARGO — The first high school state title ring came as a sophomore on the Bismarck High School basketball team. As a quarterback in football, Esley Thorton led the Demons to back-to-back titles his junior and senior seasons.
FARGO — South Dakota State is still blue and gold and North Dakota State is still green and gold. The Jackrabbits haven’t changed their offense in several years and neither has NDSU.
FARGO — North Dakota State’s football team has the week off from the FCS playoffs by virtue of a first-round bye. But that doesn’t mean the Bison are taking the week off.
FARGO — For those of us who think we have a doctorate in FCS bracketology, this weekend could be a real doozy. The national landscape has gotten so muddled the last few weeks that finding 24 qualified teams for the FCS playoffs may yield the following commercial: This is your brain. This is your brain on FCS bracketology.
FARGO — There is no wiggle room this weekend concerning the postseason fate for Youngstown State. The Penguins need to beat North Dakota State or else they will be on the outside looking in for the eighth straight season.
FARGO — It was quite the weekend for North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. On Saturday, he shot the Bears by tying a school record with five touchdown passes against Missouri State.
FARGO — It’s just not in Zach Vraa’s nature to turn a potential extra year of football eligibility into a LeBron-esque media circus show.