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Kolpack and Izzo Podcast

The Forum's Jeff Kolpack and WDAY Sports Director Dom Izzo discuss the latest happening with North Dakota State athletics and FCS Football weekly.

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Kolpack and Izzo podcast: James Madison game preview
Thu Dec 16 13:04:29 EST 2021
The FCS semifinals return to Fargo after a two year absence as North Dakota State will welcome in rival school James Madison University for a trip to the FCS championship game.

 

This will mark the fourth all-time playoff matchup between the schools, the first being ten years ago in the second round, a Bison 26-14 win.

 

The Dukes got some payback in 2016, when they returned to Fargo for the semifinals and beat NDSU 27-17, ending the Bison five year title streak.

 

The schools have met two more times in Frisco, Texas. The 2018 title game saw NDSU end JMU's 26 game win streak with a 17-13 win. They met again in Frisco to wrap the 2019 season and it was another tremendous game, with the Bison getting a late turnover to beat the Dukes, 28-20.

 

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Why are fans staying away from the Dome and ETSU game preview
Thu Dec 09 13:04:57 EST 2021
North Dakota State's football team returns to the national spotlight Saturday morning as the Bison welcome in East Tennessee State out of the Southern Conference.

The biggest story surrounding the game is the lack of fan interest in attending the game. Wednesday the school announced that returned season tickets were going on sale to the general public, something that never happened during the early years of NDSU's FCS playoff runs.

Jeff and Dom discuss potential solutions to the Fargodome game experience as a way to get fans back inside to the game. 12,557 fans were in attendance for the game last weekend against Southern Illinois, the lowest for a game since the 2010 playoff opener against Robert Morris.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Southern Illinois game preview
Fri Dec 03 15:12:38 EST 2021
The FCS Playoffs have returned to Fargo for a 12th consecutive year as North Dakota State opens the postseason against a familiar foe, league rival Southern Illinois.

The Salukis are here after a 22-10 win over South Dakota in Vermillion last week. SIU comes in with a mark of 8-4, they started this season at 6-1, before stumbling down the stretch, losing three of their last four games.

This is the first time these teams have met since February, when NDSU was blasted by Southern Illinois 38-14 in Carbondale, which ended the record 39 game win streak the Bison were on.

Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo preview the matchup and also discuss the big topics of the week in college football, from Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly leaving their jobs, to the transfer portal and a quarterback transferring two days before his team plays in a playoff game.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: South Dakota Game Preview
Fri Nov 19 14:45:49 EST 2021
The winding road of the FCS regular season comes to an end this Saturday.

North Dakota State has everything to play for, a conference title outright and top three playoff seed with a win against South Dakota.

The Coyotes enter with a ton of momentum after the "Ver-Miracle" last weekend, scoring on a Hail Mary to beat South Dakota State 23-20. USD enters with a 7-3 record, they have wrapped up a playoff spot. for the first time since 2017. USD has lost its three games by a combined 17 points.

​The guys discuss the game and the seniors that have decided to either move on or return for an extra season. By our count, the Bison could have ten starters back for the 2022 season.

You can listen to the show here or at Apple Itunes. Past episodes are available at Inforum.com.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Youngstown State game preview
Fri Nov 12 11:21:48 EST 2021
The regular season is wrapping up and North Dakota State has everything to play for.

The Bison will head back on the road Saturday to face Youngstown State, looking to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since 2009. NDSU sits at 8-1 and controls its own destiny. If the Bison win their final two games of the regular season they will win the Missouri Valley Football Conference outright and the league's automatic bid.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: South Dakota State game preview
Thu Nov 04 14:38:36 EDT 2021
The top rivalry in the FCS returns this Saturday with plenty at stake.

North Dakota State travels to South Dakota State as the Jacks look for a second straight win in the series. SDSU beat NDSU 27-17 back in April, as the Jackrabbits won the Missouri Valley Football Conference and played in the FCS Championship Game for the first time, falling to Sam Houston.

The Bison head to Brookings with an 8-0 record for the sixth time since 2013. Ironically, SDSU handed the Bison their first loss in 2017 in Brookings, 33-21. NDSU proceeded to win 39 straight games, an FCS record after that loss.

SDSU enters with a 6-2 record, with both losses at home, to Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa. The Jackrabbits are hoping to get standout running back Isaiah Davis back, he has missed a majority of the season with an upper body injury.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Indiana State preview
Thu Oct 28 14:35:45 EDT 2021
North Dakota State returns to the field this Saturday and will face an opponent they haven't seen since 2017.

Indiana State returns to the schedule after rotating off in 2018 and 2019, the Sycamores opted out of the 2020 season.

The Bison enter this game with a potential question at quarterback after the starter, Quincy Patterson was benched last week against Missouri State.

Cam Miller entered the game and threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes to rally the Bison to a 27-20 win.

Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo discuss the potential change at quarterback and everything else surrounding Bison football.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Missouri State Preview
Thu Oct 21 14:53:27 EDT 2021
A new football coach has changed Missouri State's reputation in a short amount of time.

Bobby Petrino, the former Arkansas and Louisville head coach, is in his second year as head coach of the Bears and they've already won nine games and ended a three decade long playoff drought.

He brings the Bears to Fargo with a simple goal Saturday. Score some points. Missouri State has been shut out the last two times they have played NDSU, 19-0 in 2019 and 25-0 in March of 2021.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Illinois State preview
Thu Oct 14 16:06:09 EDT 2021
North Dakota State returns to the road this weekend as the Bison take on Illinois State Saturday in Normal, Illinois.

The Redbirds enter the game with a mark of 2-3, 0-2 in the Missouri Valley after losses to Southern Illinois and Missouri State. ISU did not play last weekend.

NDSU is making its third trip to a renovated Hancock Stadium, where they won in 2017 and 2019.

These two teams have a long history, including two playoff matchups against one another, the 2015 FCS Championship and the 2019 quarterfinals.

Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo break down the matchup and look ahead to Saturday's game.

 

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: UNI game preview
Thu Oct 07 17:25:56 EDT 2021
North Dakota State returns home for the first time in four weeks and a familiar face will greet them Saturday.

Mark Farley and the University of Northern Iowa Panthers will come to town for homecoming in what is NDSU's first conference home game.

The Panthers enter the game with a record of 3-1, beating Sacramento State, St. Thomas and Youngstown State. UNI changed quarterbacks in its second game, now starting Michigan State transfer Theo Day.

Jeff and Dom break down what UNI brings to the table and also discuss where NDSU goes from here after a game in which the Bison completed just five passes and only one to a wide receiver.