Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jan 5, 2019 18:26:32 GMT
I’m watching the championship game. EWU has committed 6 penalties already. Besides that, NDSU is just a different breed of cat. No spread offense, just a strong running game and a tough defense. Shows that great playoff teams don’t look like anybody in the Southland. Nicholls is the only one and they aren’t close. I think the Wildcats are trying to build Like this.
I watched the game and the play level was amazing. NDSU was clearly the better team, but EWU never gave up and played with such grit. For those that haven't followed, EWU was the team that knocked Nicholls out of the play-offs in the 2nd round. They were having a stellar year, but at this point in FCS no one can match NDSU. EWU shot themselves in the foot so many times and NDSU just rolls over you and through you. They are balanced on both sides: fast, physical, dynamic and smart.
As good as we are doing we have such a long way to go. We are headed in the right direction. The absolute dynasty that NDSU has right now is historic. It will interesting to see what their coach does in Kansas now. He gave his team his everything, all the way through the championship.
NDSU is buit around the trenches first. They tend to run first offensively; control the ball, TOP and the clock. They aren't married to it though and will often pass depending on the opponent. They aren't weak in their passing game because of their strengths in other areas. They are strong in ALL of those areas. They are also deeper than most FCS teams.
I like that idea. NDSU is also VERY good at making great players. Not only recruiting great players, but keeping them becomes key. One thing NDSU did was create a Director of Recruiting position.
"The Bison added a Director of Recruiting in 2015 in the form of former offensive lineman Hank Jacobs. Jacobs, a student and graduate assistant under both Klieman and Bohl has a depth of knowledge of the way NDSU does things. Jacobs contacts recruits, maintains a recruiting database and organizes prospect visits, among other daily duties."
"Maintaining commitments is a full time job for any college football coaching staff. "We joke a lot of times that recruiting doesn't start until a kid commits..."
Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jan 8, 2019 3:00:44 GMT
They have another advantage ... there are 2 D1 (football) schools total in Minnesota and Wisconsin. That’s one in-state D1 program per 5.5 million residents. In Texas, there are 18 D1 programs or one In-State D1 program for every 1.5 million residents. In fact, the majority of their players come from the Chicago - Milwaukee corridor.
Yep, have had multiple discussions about that with Bizon fans ad nauseam. NDSU has a decent advantage when it comes to that, but it really doesn't matter if we still have to beat them in the end. All FCS schools need to take care of business in recruiting and on the field. The advantages that NDSU, App State, or other frequent champs have don't change the end game of who we need to be. App State moved on, NDSU has no need to move on at this point. In any sport, to be the best you have to beat the best. In order to do that you have to become the best.
Post by OscarWildeCat, Admin on Jan 8, 2019 9:56:41 GMT
NDSU has done what Nebraska did back in its heyday. Recruit local kids for the trenches and focus out of region for skill position players. It was interesting to note that a lot of the linemen from NDSU are walk ons with the right frame to put on good weight through a stellar s&c program. They would rather recruit a kid who is 6’5 260 than a kid whom is 6’5 320 and needs to lose weight before adding back good weight.