(Fargo) UND finishes up two games above .500 heading into the Missouri Valley Conference next year. They faced one of the toughest schedules in 2019, facing four playoff teams. Just the difficulty on the road was just too much to overcome.
For the Fighting Hawks, they lose a couple of key seniors on this team, Ketteringham, Wanzek, Toivonan, Donnell Rodgers, Mason Bennett, shaping up for next year to be a different group for Bubba Schweigert's.
NDSU will be coming off the bye and will match-up with Nicholls State, a team that rushed for 316 yards against UND. The Bison defense has only given up 150 yards or more on the ground five times all season.
Illinois St. went on the road and beat Southeast Missouri by three scores, so the Redbirds move on to play Central Arkansas. If they can defeat the Bears, it would set up a potential rematch of the Missouri Valley Schools in the quarterfinals between NDSU and Illinois State.
Albany bulldozed 42 to 7 over Central Connecticut State they advance to face Montana State, who's coming off a big win over Montana in the last week of the regular season.
And number 4 Sacremento State will welcome in Austin Peay fresh off their victory.
On the bottom side of the bracket, Kennesaw State went to Wofford and beat the Terriors by a touchdown, they'll move on to play Weber St. Wildcats.
Southeastern Louisiana had a huge break yesterday, beating Villanova 45-44 off a blown extra point by the Wildcats, they squeak out that win.
Northern Iowa took care of San Diego yesterday, 17-3. That sets up a rematch with South Dakota State. The two teams played right at the end of the regular season and the Jacks blew the Panthers out. That ended up sealing NDSU's outright Missouri Valley title by giving UNI a second league loss.
Monmouth easily dispatched the College of the Holy Cross yesterday, so they're off to Harrisonburg, to take on the Dukes of JMU.