Youngstown State @ North Dakota State
by, 10-06-2012 at 12:45 PM (3453 Views)
FARGO, N.D.--I am in the Fargodome and it is the first time seeing the new turf on the floor. This turf looks impressive and much better than the old style Astrotuf that was here before. And what a game I have today with the #3 and #1 ranked teams respectively meeting in this one.
Winter has come early to the north country with a little snow on the ground with temperatures right now in the lower 40s. I drove throw some snow showers on my way to North Dakota last night. But it is a nice 70 degrees inside this facility and it is good we have a roof over our heads today.
Like my column for this week, I mentioned that these two teams seem like mirror images of each other. The offenses to me seem to be very close. We shall see how much the one game suspension of starting running back Sam Ojuri has on the Bison but I believe his backup John Crockett showed more in last week's win over Northern Iowa so I don't think there will be much of a drop off for NDSU.
The defenses I would have a slight edge to the Bison. Plus this is homecoming and around 19,000 fans are expected to pack in the Fargodome to provide the home field advantage to NDSU.
I think the key for the Penguins will be to score first to take some of the crowd momentum down. If NDSU scores early and gets up, it will keep the crowd in the game and keep the Penguins from audiablizing like they like to do at the line of scrimmage.
As I mentioned in my column, I think NDSU will win a closely contested game and will likely win the turnover margin to do so.
But we shall see. YSU owns a win over Pittsburgh on the road so it is not out of question to think they can do something similar today.
Tee minus 20 minutes to kickoff. Can't wait for this one to start.