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Bison Game Day: Stats, predictions for UND at NDSU

Playoff implications on the line with Fighting Hawks and Bison at the dome

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North Dakota State's RaJa Nelson carries against North Dakota during their football game Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Grand Forks.
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FARGO — It's been a long time, never in the Division I FCS era, that playoff berths and seeds have been part of the pregame discussion with the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State.

But that's the case today at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The media who cover Bison football weigh in on their take:

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North Dakota State and the Grizzlies haven't played since 2015 playoffs
The transfer of three Bison players with the FCS playoffs on deck, although surprising, is the product of the 45-day portal window.
North Dakota State will face the winner of Southeast Missouri and Montana
The field of 24 will be revealed tomorrow. We attempt to pick the bracket tonight.
North Dakota State put the QB run game into full force in win over UND
A tradition that started in the 1960s with Buck Nystrom continues to this day, although the meaning may be different
The North Dakota State senior quarterback rallied Bison in one of the more memorable games in the series in 1972
North Dakota State's players from Minnesota looking forward to competing against a Big Ten Conference women's team
North Dakota State athletic director on the FCS selection committee for a second year
North Dakota State will be without another starter on its offensive line for Saturday's finale
Senior fullback suffered an apparent shoulder injury last Saturday at Southern Illinois
NDSU Head Football Coach Matt Entz holds his weekly press conference to discuss the big topics of Saturday's win against Southern Illinois and their upcoming game against UND.

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