The chatter this week regarding the North Dakota State and South Dakota State football game (Saturday in Brookings, S.D.) will mainly involve two things:
Secondarily will be whether South Dakota State's defense can stop NDSU. In the last three games, the Jackrabbits have allowed 458 total yards to North Dakota, 506 to Southeast Louisiana and 645 to Nebraska.
First on most fans' mind, though will be whether the Bison's outstanding defense can again stop SDSU's excellent running back Zach Zenner? The junior ran for 202 yards against Nebraska Saturday earlier this season tied his own school record with 295 yards against North Dakota.
NDSU stopped Zenner last year in two games. He had 43 yards in a regular-season loss to the Bison and 46 in a second-round playoff loss at the Fargodome.
Here are a couple of videos of Zenner. The first is his 46-yard TD run against UND two weeks ago. The second is a 99-yard TD against Kansas last season.
(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)