Multi-game Blog--North Dakota State @ Montana State & SE Missouri St @ E. Washington
by, 12-04-2010 at 12:45 PM (4272 Views)
I am at home watching these two games. NDSU @ MSU is to start at 2:07 Eastern time and SEMO @ EWU will start at 4:05 Eastern. The Bison are coming off a first round win at home against Robert Morris 43-17 and the the other three teams had first round byes. Actually, SEMO had a bye to end their season so they had two weeks to prepare for their first ever playoff game in Cheney.
Montana State and North Dakota State are not new to meeting each other in the playoffs. MSU beat NDSU in 1976 in the DII semi-finals 10-3 in Fargo enroute to the DII national title that year. The two border states met last in 2005 with MSU also winning a narrow game 20-17 in Bozeman. I expect a similar types of game this week as they meet in a balmy for Montana weather in the 20s and mostly sunny skies after the Bozeman area saw several inches of snow over the past day or so.
The weather also should not be a problem in Cheney with temperatures likely in the upper 20 - lower 30s at kickoff time with mostly sunny skies. The running game will likely be highlighted with these two teams.
I am looking forward to watching these two games amongst four schools that are all from west of the Mississippi. The MSU-NDSU winner will play the winner of the SEMO-EWU winner next week.