Cal Poly win would likely land University of North Dakota football in FCS playoffs
GRAND FORKS -- With kickoff expected after 8 p.m. on Saturday night, the University of North Dakota football program has the opportunity to have a good idea of its postseason hopes before taking on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
GRAND FORKS - With kickoff expected after 8 p.m. on Saturday night, the University of North Dakota football program has the opportunity to have a good idea of its postseason hopes before taking on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
UND coach Bubba Schweigert, though, will try to make sure his team focuses on a Mustangs team that has piled up impressive rushing yardage in two-straight wins.
“That’s none of our concern,” Schweigert said about scoreboard watching. “With social media and that, we know our guys will know results. But our focus is this opponent and moving our record to 7-4.”
UND will have an opportunity to land in the FCS playoffs with a win this weekend in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
UND needs seven Division I wins to be considered and a victory over Cal Poly would provide the seventh. With those hopes on the line, Schweigert is calling the Poly matchup a playoff game.
“That’s how we’re looking at it,” he said. “We expect really great focus and energy at practice. We’re playing for something.
“When you can play meaningful football in November, that should be really exciting because that’s what we sell in the recruiting process. That’s UND football and the vision we have for it … to compete for playoffs and conference championships.”
Schweigert said he hopes his team could put last Saturday’s 45-14 win over Northern Colorado in the rear-view mirror. He said it’s just like what he asked his team to do during a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season.
“We want guys not to get too high,” Schweigert said. “Just like when you didn’t want guys to get too low.”
In a win over UC Davis last Saturday, Poly amassed 674 total yards and 31 first downs.
The Mustangs have been consistent offensively in terms of yardage. Against a few of the league’s best defenses, Poly’s triple option offense netted 470 total yards against Portland State, 452 against Southern Utah and 421 against Montana.
“We’re playing a team we have a lot of respect for,” Schweigert said. “They’re coming off two straight wins, so we’re going to have to play really solid football to stay in the game and earn a positive result.”