There's just one game standing in their way from knowing the national championship matchup. That's No. 2 seed Eagles versus the unseeded Bearkats in today's semifinal clash at Roos Field in Cheney, Washington. Or also known as "The Inferno" because of the red turf.
The winner faces North Dakota State in Frisco Saturday Jan. 5 after the Bison defeated Georgia Southern 23-20 last night in Fargo.
Offensively, Eastern Washington will look to run the ball,
In just over an hour, the rematch will be seen in the Fargodome. A capacity crowd is again expected inside this facility and likely the sound will be the loudest it has been all season as well.
I expect a much closer game than what was seen last year with a 35-7 NDSU win.
The Eagle offense will be able to move the ball at times in this game, I beleive. The Georgia Southern defense is where I see the question marks.
Ball control will likely be in
Games over and the D-I champ game will be a rematch of 2011. NDSU vs. SHSU!
I got busy this week and am traveling to Fargo for the game tonight between Wofford and North Dakota State.
We will have a West team in the title game as the one side of the bracket has just West teams included after the upset win for Illinois State on the road over Appalachian State. That was the lone road win in the 2nd round.
I think that trend will hold true this weekend as well. Here are my picks.
North Dakota State 21 Wofford 16 in a close, defensive
Only four playoff games as we get down to the nitty gritty of the D-I Championships. Add in the SWAC Champ game and we have a nice weekend spread over two days.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Final Sam Houston State 34, #2 Seed MONTANA STATE 16
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Final #2 Seed EASTERN WASHINGTON 51, Illinois State 35
Final #5 Seed Georgia Southern 49, #4 Seed OLD DOMINION 35
Final ARK-PINE BLUFF 24, Jackson State 21 (OT) - SWAC Champ Game