Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:09
The Bison are two games into the 2013 football season and there’s not much to do but bask in the glory of the 25 seniors and knit pick like Skip Bayless during a screaming session with Stephen A. Smith. The only real controversy or debate surrounding the football games has been the lack of half-naked women on the sidelines, which I would usually say is kind of concerning, but now they’re in the stands, I just might become a dance team Superfan.
Much like what Gene Taylor did to those poor girls on the Dance Team, the Bison kicked Ferris State out of the Fargodome, 56-10. Someone named “Chase” scored a touchdown and Zach Colvin did his best Marcus “Daddy Will” Williams impersonation, returning an interception for six points. I wish I could rip the Bison defense for still playing snaps in the third quarter, but the fact that we expected them to take a seat by halftime tells you how good they really are as a defense. Bryan Shepherd tried to take someone’s head off. That was exciting. And if you’re anyone not named Sam Herder, you think he deserved getting tossed from the ball game.
Not that we have had an extra week for the Bison’s record of 2-0 to marinate, let’s look ahead to what’s next for the Herd.
Delaware State comes to Fargo for the first time on Saturday and I’m taking the under on the amount of fans in the student section at halftime (official Sports4Dummies line is at 51 percent full). With linemen the size of Fargo North’s JV team, the Hornets are flat out not a good football team. Let’s move on.
This is where it gets interesting. The Missouri Valley schedule begins and so does the parody this league has been known for over the past three years—five teams in the FCS top-25 stem from the MVFC all with championship aspirations. All talented; all prepared. The Bison are the only team that stands in the way of SDSU, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Youngstown State. Luckily for these teams, they will all get a shot at taking down the mighty Herd.
SDSU will be the first team to get their shot against the Bison, which may be a bad thing for Zach Zenner and the Jacks. The Bison have been preparing for this game since they got on the bus back to Fargo from Manhattan. Two cupcakes and a bye week later, the Bison will be as prepared as you can get for a regular season game. What leaves me uneasy, as a Bison fan, is that the game will be played in Brookings.
Sure, the Bison have been a great road team over the past three seasons, going 11-0. But have any of those matchups been as difficult as SDSU will be next week? Going on the road is never easy, especially in the MVFC.
In a game where the teams are evenly matched, weird factors come into plays that are usually over looked. The one factor the Bison will be without in Brookings is the crowd noise the Fargodome is built to enhance. Many Bison fans will make the trek southbound on I-29, but the roof at the dome won’t be with them. This is a huge plus for the Jacks, who struggled twice in Fargo last season.
Many Bison fans are looking at the home schedule, attempting to predict when the Bison will slip. I would tell them to not look far; it may just happen on the road with the Dakota Marker on the line.