Is NDSU ready for its next FBS moment? This one is different from the others
North Dakota State will play its first opponent from the PAC-12 Conference Saturday night.
Six years to the date since this magical moment happened for NDSU football, the Bison return to the FBS spotlight.
This matchup with Arizona will be unlike any of the previous 9 games with the big boys simply because of location.
From Minnesota to Iowa, 8 of the 9 games have been against midwest teams. The exception is Wyoming, who plays a similar style of football.
#NDSUSeasonOpenerCountdown: #37: The biggest kick in school history. Down 21-20 at Iowa with 5 seconds left, Cam Pedersen drills a 37 yard field goal as time expired to deliver NDSU its biggest win in school history, 23-21. This marked the sixth straight win over an FBS program. pic.twitter.com/XJklg1M7Ty— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) July 28, 2022
There is nothing similar about the Wildcats. They are as high flying as it gets.
They have a quarterback who can run for days and wide receivers with blazing speed. The Bison defense will have it hands full.
Add in television, as FOX specially selected NDSU for the Fox Sports 1 time slot. They know NDSU will get some extra eye balls to the screen.
For those fans that are clamoring for an FBS move, this is a major opportunity. Beyond the fans, there will be conference commissioners watching this game.
We have heard for six years that NDSU can compete in the FBS, with a roster that has FBS players. It's now time to see how they stack up with a beatable team.
The college football world will be watching. We'll see if NDSU can match the moment.