FARGO -- North Dakota State's 2020 football opening game at Oregon has long been anticipated by Bison fans since it was announced in 2015.
It appears the anticipation for the game has reached the national level. An ESPN article by Alex Scarborough highlights the 12 matchups that will draw people in to watch and would be interesting for fans of college football.
Scarborough writes; "A 12-win season and a Rose Bowl win was great and all, but now what? With quarterback Justin Herbert gone, whom will Oregon turn to behind center? Coach Mario Cristobal has a lot of questions to answer, and not much time to do it. North Dakota State is no ordinary cupcake FCS season-opening opponent. The Bison are a powerhouse, having won three consecutive FCS National Championships and riding a 37-game winning streak."
Oregon has a pair of outstanding linemen returning on each side of the football. Offensive guard Penei Sewell won the Outland Trophy, which goes to the top interior lineman in the country. On the opposite side, Kayvon Thibodeaux was a dominant defensive force, named the PAC-12 defensive freshman of the year. Thibodeaux had 35 tackles and nine sacks in 2019.
NDSU will receive 650,000 dollars for the game at Oregon, which is the richest guarantee game in school history. The Ducks are coming off a 12-2 season and a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Ticket requests have been popular with Bison fans, the school is accepting requests until Friday. Tickets for the game go on sale to the public at 8pm on June 10th. A network and time has not been decided for the game, that will be decided in the coming months. The PAC-12 Network owns the right to televise home games from a conference member that are not picked up by ESPN or FOX.