1) Both team’s statistics may be a bit deceiving this early in the season, as both teams overmatched their opponents during Week 1 of the season.
3) SDSU is currently ranked No. 6 and No. 7 this week in the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.
4) SDSU QB Austin Sumner threw for 326 yards in the 55-14 victory over Butler, and RB Zach Zenner had 117 yards and 2 TD’s in just a half of action.
5) UND defeated Valparaiso last week 69-10, and their offensive weapons include Senior Greg Hardin (WR/Kick Returns), Senior Jake Miller at RB, and redshirt freshman Ryan Bartels at QB.
6) UND owns a 46-33-5 edge in the series, and the last time they played was 2010 with SDSU coming out on top 21-0. UND is 67-13 in 12 seasons at the Alerus Center.
SDSU has an extremely experienced QB and one of the top RB’s in Division 1 FCS, so their offense is expected to do well. They also have an aggressive and very physical defense that plays smart and will be looking to shut down UND’s skilled position players. The Alerus Center is a tough environment for teams, and this will be a test for SDSU’s ability to handle the noise and playing against some extremely talented players like Hardin and Miller. SDSU’s timing in their passing game was solid last week, but this environment against a fast defense will test their ability to answer the call.
We know that UND is going to try and take away SDSU's running game to make them one dimensional. Everyone has tried this, but very few have succeeded. I think the real question will be if UND can create and score on some turnovers, make big plays on special teams, and try to play with a lead. I can see UND playing very aggressively in the first half, but the tough blue-collar style of football that SDSU plays will wear down the Fighting Sioux. Austin Sumner is primed to have another big game and will take advantage of UND trying to shut down SDSU's running game.
It should be a great match up, but I think the advantage goes to SDSU! Enjoy the game!