FARGO, N.D. - The idea that North Dakota State's non-conference football schedule would feature a team progressively better that the one before is playing out that way.
The 3-0 Bison host UC-Davies this week. It's a match-up of two of the top-four ranked teams in the country.
NDSU is coming off a road win at the University of Delaware. A dominating first-half performance against the Blue Hens propelled the Bison to its 24th-straight victory.
"Our equation that we think will bring success to the program is the number 55. It's been around for a while but a total of 55 rushing attempts plus completions and we had 60 on Saturday and that allows us to keep the time of possession. It allows us to keep the ball moving and again when you only have one tackle for loss as an offensive unit, I think that says a lot about the offensive line. It says a lot about the crew chiefs and the decision making of our backs," said Matt Entz, NDSU head coach,
UC-Davis comes in with an offense that's scored 41 and 38 points in their two victories this year. The Aggies opened with a loss against the California Golden Bears.
"We have a really good football team coming into Fargo this week and I know Coach Hawkins will have his guys ready to go. They got Jake Maier, the quarterback, is a seasoned player. He's been around for a while. I'm sure he's not going to get rattled by too many of the things we do. We're going to have to play really, really good football to play with these guys. They've done a nice job and they've played at big venues, so I'm sure coming to the Fargodome will just be coming to another game for them," said Entz.
Entz also said today he's very happy with the progress his younger players are making. The Bison had 18-true or redshirt freshman play in the win at Delaware.
You can watch Saturday's match-up of top-four teams on the KFYR-KVLY Bison Television Network.
Kickoff is shortly after 2:30 CT with the Farmer's Union Insurance Bison Football pre-game show starting at 1:30 CT.