Most Anticipated Fargodome Game Set to Take Place
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 16:10
In the words of D-Generation X: Are you ready? Are you ready for Bison football on homecoming Saturday? Are you ready for tailgating, pre-gaming, touchdowns, yelling and the postgame festivities? Are you ready for the most anticipated game in Fargodome history?
Yes, you heard me. The most anticipated game in Fargodome history. The No. 1 ranked Bison are set to take on No. 3 Youngstown State, the same team that handed NDSU its only loss last season. Expect a doozy here, folks. This game is going to be talked about more times than NDSU students hitting the refresh button on the student ticket website. Too soon for the people who didn’t get tickets? My apologies.
Compared to the UNI game last year, I believe this game outmatches it in anticipation. The sour feeling of last year’s loss to Youngstown is still burning the insides of BisoNation (which by the way, has one “N” and not two, c’mon, homecoming T-shirt committee).
In fact, Youngstown has beaten the Bison the last two times they have come to the Fargodome. These two teams have developed a special little rivalry here. It also helps that both teams are ranked in the top three to add another dimension to this game. If Youngstown State pulls off a win, expect huge changes to the national polls. And that affects NDSU more than people think.
The Bison finishing the season ranked in the top two is essential. This means that they would be able to host all playoff games, an absolute huge advantage. Yes, there is plenty more games to come, but this game will no doubt effect the playoff picture. This gives you Bison fans one more season to yell a little bit louder.
Another dimension to this game is the fact that this will be the biggest test of the year for the Bison. If they win this one, the Herd has a tremendous chance to go undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference, something that is almost unheard of. As you can see, all these storylines add to the anticipation.
I’m even going as far as saying this is the FCS game of the year. And what better place to have it played than in the confines of the Fargodome, the best stadium in the league? Expect the dome to be one of the loudest in history. This game is a sure sellout, with even more fans who didn’t get tickets camped out outside. Bars will be packed, watch-parties will be hosted, and radios will be cranked. This game will have the attention all around the Midwest.
The Bison will no doubt have all of this in the back of their mind. Expect a couple mistakes early that will slow the game, but it will turn into an all-out battle with plenty of big plays and big hits. There is no love here between these two squads. Trust me, the fans are not going to go easy on the Penguins, adding more hostility on the field.
Come Saturday, fans will wake up early with Bison game day spirit at an ultimate high. Campus will be filled with gold, tailgating will be rocking and the line at the South entrance will be more energized than Black Friday. And when the lights turn off in the dome and the countdown starts, the most anticipated game in Fargodome history will be underway.