North Dakota State opens the final month of the regular season on the road at Youngstown State.
YSU comes into 2019 looking for a major bounceback season. The Penguins won just four games last season, things went awry in the first game, a 23-21 stunning home loss to non-scholarship Butler.
There was plenty of speculation that Bo Pelini would leave Youngstown after last season, but the excitable head coach agreed to a three year extension in the offseason, then brought his brother Carl back on staff. Pelini will start his fifth season as the head man this fall with just one playoff appearance.
That one playoff run is memorable as the Penguins reached the FCS Championship, losing to James Madison in January of 2017. That marks the only playoff appearance for Youngstown in the last thirteen years, a remarkable stat for a team that has four national titles.
YSU and NDSU have played a couple of instant classics in the last two games at the Ice Castle, remarkably both 27-24 Bison wins, the latter an overtime win. The Penguins haven't beaten the Bison since 2011, a win here could spur them to a playoff run in 2019.
Youngstown State Penguins
- Missouri Valley Football Conference; 4-7 record in 2018
- Last beat NDSU in 2011, a 27-24 win
- Bo Pelini is head coach, entering fifth season
- One playoff appearance since 2006, lost in FCS title game