The title of this article may be a bit misleading but stick with me as I explain why I am making this claim.
Late last week on the Mike McFeely Show on KFGO, I made the comment about the North Dakota State University Football team’s upcoming game against Kansas State University. I said that I believed this was the biggest regular season game in school history.
Mike scoffed, of course, and said that there are some other games in NDSU’s illustrious history that would rank higher than playing the Wildcats. I beg to differ and here is why.
1) NDSU is coming off of back-to-back national championships. The fan following for this team is at an all-time high. They are the most popular collegiate football team in the state and might even rival the University of Minnesota for most fans in the state of Minnesota. The attention being paid to this game is massive.
2) This game is going to have a national television audience. The newly launched Fox Sports 1 moved this game from Saturday to primetime on Friday. KSU has bigger football name recognition than the last three FBS team’s NDSU has played combined. The general college football fan will be paying attention.
3) NDSU has a legitimate shot at beating the Wildcats. This isn’t a game that Bison fans will travel down to Manhattan fully expecting the Bison to lose and lose big. The Wildcats graduated nearly their entire starting defense from last season and NDSU returns just about everybody from last year’s squad. It is not a stretch to say NDSU could win.
4) NDSU has started to recruit in the state of Kansas. A win over the Wildcats could open up some recruiting avenues for the Bison.
All those points combined lead me to make the claim that this is the biggest regular season game in school history.
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