Bohl, Bison Putting Their Spotlight on Delaware State
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 14:09
Distractions will be apparent for the city of Fargo this weekend, especially now that ESPN’s “College GameDay” is going to be in town.
However, all NDSU head coach Craig Bohl wants to think about is Delaware State.
The Bison are scheduled to host the DSU Hornets at the Fargodome on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
Though Bohl recognized the opportunities which come with hosting one of television’s premiere college pregame shows, he knows the only thing the Bison should be zoned in on should be the team lining up across from them—not about what’s on TV—come Saturday.
“They can be disruptive for an offense and they can get you out of rhythm, or at times it has hurt them,” Bohl said. “There’s been a lot of big plays against [DSU] both ways.”
Even though DSU (0-2) hasn’t displayed many flashes of brilliance yet this season, Bohl claimed the Hornets have gone up against some tough opponents including No. 4-ranked Towson University (Md.), and they aren’t to be overlooked.
He said some of his main worries will be the problems the Bison will face on offense. While the Hornets returned several defensive starters this season, Bohl and his coaching staff have noticed the adaptability of their defensive schemes near the line of scrimmage.
“They pose some challenges for our offense,” Bohl said. “They can operate out of multiple fronts. At times, that plays really well for them. They can be really disruptive for an offense.”
Another concern will be Hornets freshman quarterback Corey Murphy, who connected on 26-of-53 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown last week in the loss against TU. Since Murphy isn’t necessarily the kind of speedy passer like Ferris State had, the Bison will have to quickly become acquainted with a completely different offensive blueprint.
“They’re a wide-open offense,” Bohl said. “They can run the football, but they lined up a lot of the time with no back in the backfield [with] passing schemes that present challenges.”
DSU won’t be the only factor in the way of a NDSU win on Saturday. The Bison seem to be very alert of some of the distractions that come up with a national spotlight like ESPN coming to town.
Nonetheless, the 11th year head coach is fully confident in the leadership of his veteran squad.
“I have not seen anything as far as a distraction from getting ready to practice and getting ready to play,” Bohl said.
The win may mean something more for Bohl than the cherry on top of the treat that is GameDay rolling to town. He is currently tied with Rocky Hager for all-time wins at the head-coaching helm for NDSU.
But Bohl seems to have his chips all in on the task at hand.
“Coaches, we live in the present,” Bohl said. “To mow over those things would be counterproductive.”
Some coaches have thought about breaking the record for head coaching wins. However, between GameDay coming, the media calling him seemingly nonstop since the KSU win and devising a game plan for DSU on top of it all, the man with the plan hasn’t had time to considerably ponder what record may mean.
But, if all does go to plan, Bohl will be able to go to bed on Saturday night to think about how it feels to be NDSU’s all-time wins leader.
“I haven’t really thought about that. People will say whatever they want to, but we’re in the midst of a great season,” Bohl said. “It’s a minor thing compared to everything else is going on.”