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Dom Izzo's 2022 local college football predictions

All predictions will be held for posterity to be made fun of in November.

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Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua directs their spring game Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Alex Nemzek Stadium.Michael Vosburg/The Forum
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It is that time of year where I try to figure out the local college football scene for the upcoming year.

All predictions are held in posterity to be made of at a later date.

Let's begin with Concordia, as Terry Horan rolls into 2022 with a returning quarterback in South's Tanner Dubois.

The Cobbers have a wide open offense now, which is just weird to say. The schedule is easy early with two NAIA opponents to begin, which they will need to take advantage of.

This is a talented roster and should be better than last year.

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CONCORDIA COBBERS: 6-4

Steve Laqua's Dragons lost four games by a touchdown or less last year.

MSUM brings back Jamestown's Tommy Falk at quarterback with a roster that is loaded with local talent. The Dragons have tests early in the schedule, including at Duluth, but if they can find a way to win two of those games they lost last year, I see a winning season coming to Moorhead.

MSUM DRAGONS: 6-5

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North Dakota has a brutal stretch to start its season. Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois before we get to October.

Bubba Schweigert has to replace an All-American left tackle and some key defensive pieces. If the Fighting Hawks pick off UNI in Week 2, I think they have a shot to make the playoffs. Lose that game and they may only win four.

NORTH DAKOTA FIGHTING HAWKS: 4-7

NDSU has seven sixth year seniors returning to a loaded roster that brings starters back at quarterback, running back and tight end. The Bison defense has some questions, notably at linebacker that need to be answered. They will get a national TV appearance with an FBS game against Arizona, but the schedule sets up for another 10 win campaign and a deep playoff run.

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE BISON: 10-1

Opinion by Dom Izzo
Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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