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Scenes from Tucson on the eve of Bison football game against Pac-12 opponent Arizona

NDSU is set to play the University of Arizona on Saturday night, its first game vs. an FBS opponent in six years.

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The Arizona Wildcats marching band practices in the heat at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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TUSCON, Ariz. — North Dakota State arrived in Tucson on Friday on the eve of its football game against the University of Arizona.

The game is slated to start at 10 p.m. (CST) at Arizona Stadium with the Bison playing against an NCAA Division I FBS opponent for the first time in six years. NDSU has won its past six games against FBS opponents and has a 9-3 record overall against the FBS.

The game against Arizona is set to mark the first time the Bison have played football against a Pac-12 Conference opponent.

Below are scenes from Tucson on Friday as the InForum.com sports team arrived to cover the game and surrounding atmosphere:

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Championship banners line the street outside of Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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View of Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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A statue of North Dakota native Lute Olson stands in front of the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
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A mural by local artist Danny Martin adorns one of the walls inside of Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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