Bison vs. Dukes on Saturday

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By the time Saturday comes around, it will be three weeks since North Dakota State and James Madison won their semi-finals games in the F.C.S. Playoffs.

The Bison and Dukes have clearly been the two best teams in the country and they meet for the championship on Jan. 11 in Frisco, Texas.

NDSU is the number-1 seed and undefeated.

JMU is the 2-seed with its only loss coming to West Virginia in the season opener.

The last time the Bison lost a football game it was to the Dukes, but they also beat them for the title two years ago.

"We're going to play an outstanding football team here in a couple of days, in a little under a week. JMU has a roster loaded with talent. They're well coaches. You can see that when you watch them on film. They have a number of different playmakers on both sides of the football. Of course, it all starts on the offensive side with their quarterback Ben DiNucci, as good a quarterback as there is out there in the FCS level maybe in the country. Unbelievably efficient with the football, doesn't turn it over, can continue to extend plays with his feet," said Matt Entz, NDSU head coach.

Entz says three weeks is a lengthy break and it's a little bit of a catch 22.

It does mean guys like Phoenix Sproles and Josh Hayes are healthy & ready to go but it is a long time between games.

"You're always concerned about sharpness," said Entz. "You're going through reps, but practice reps are not like game reps. So, can you mimic the speed, can you mimic the tempo of the game; that's always a concern. Just like you'd have that concern week one going into the first week of you're season. You practice at a certain level. You can't practice at game level all of the time."

Your News Leader will be heading to Texas on Wednesday.

We'll have reports during the Evening and Night Report's and remember the big 90-minute Farmers Union Insurance Bison Football Pre-Game show is at 9:30 a.m. Central Time Saturday.