Dakota Marker game: NDSU vs. SDSU

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South Dakota State has done something in recent years, that just has not happened to the Bison much.

The Jackrabbits have beaten North Dakota State in back-to-back years during the regular season which is why SDSU still holds the Dakota Marker trophy.

Guess who the Bison play to open the Valley Conference. It's also a matchup of the #1 & #3 ranked FCS teams in the country.

NDSU Head Coach Chris Klieman said: "I think it's just such a back and forth thing. What you do in the first quarter and the things you do in the third quarter may change a little but based on the flow of the game but once again it's tough because both teams know each other so well. There's very few things that you can throw at somebody that they haven't seen. Now it may have been five years since we've seen that but we've probably seen a lot of things they've shown us. It's just a matter of when are they going to pull them out, same with us."

Whenever you prepare for the Jackrabbits, you have to start with quarterback Taryn Christian. He has been very good against the Bison in the past and now he's a senior.

"I think he's a terrific football player. He's played a ton of football and played against us so much. he can beat you with his arm. he can beat you with his legs. A really experienced guy. I have a lot of respect for him and his game and so we have to do a great job of trying to keep him in the pocket, trying to pressure him, play tight coverage. I mean if you do, then he's going to scramble and run and obviously the dual threat guys are the ones that give you the most problems," said Klieman.

On Monday, Dillon Radenz was named the conference offensive lineman of the week.

Easton Stick is the league's offensive player of the week following the drubbing of Delaware.

Saturday marks the 108th meeting between NDSU and SDSU.

It's the 15th-year for the Dakota Marker. We are back to the usual times for TV coverage.

The Farmers Union Insurance Bison Football pre-game show is at 1:30 CT. Kickoff at 2:34 CT on the KFYR-KVLY Bison Television Network which is KFYR-TV, KQCD-TV, KUMV-TV, KMOT-TV and KVLY-TV.