*Welcome back sports fans..
*What a day it was for North Dakota State and the city of Fargo last Saturday as ESPN's "College GameDay" headed to The Frozen Tundra.
*First off, it was crazy that GameDay even came to "The Peace Garden State"..but why not? The "BiZon" deserve it and so did Fargo and the state.
*When ESPN announced that Herbie and the boys were headed north, it was a question of where it should be held..on campus..or downtown? They chose downtown which raised blood pressure for some. Some NDSU fans wanted to have it in the dome or somewhere on campus. Ridiculous. Here's the thing. The show has been to Death Valley, College Station, Ann Arbor, Lincoln, etc. Places that know a thing or two about tailgating and football. I'm not saying that Bison fans don't know how to tailgate and to play football, because they clearly do. But ranking the NDSU tailgating scene to Alabama's is like the two squaring off in the actual game of football.
*ESPN knew what they were doing the entire time when they announced that it was going to be downtown. Feature the small-town USA feel(even though Fargo is not a small town) and show off Fargo's beautiful downtown.
*As most of us assumed, Bison fans came in flocks to be part of the show. Countless tweets and comments during the show, complimented the fans and the city of Fargo over and over, also adding that they will be back. Not sure they will be back year after year but the nation now knows about NDSU football(if they didn't before)(which they probably didn't)
*Text from a buddy in Iowa-"Is GameDay seriously in North Dakota? Is this real life?"
*Today the Grand Forks Herald had its UND hockey preview. If you haven't picked one up, do so. Fantastic stuff.
*It's no secret that UND loses a huge senior class with the likes of Kristo and Knight(two Hobey Baker finalists) now fighting for spots with the Rangers and the Flames. UND enters its new conference, the NCHC, which has created a buzz around town. The conference is loaded. Miami, Denver, UND, CC, Omaha, and the list goes on. We are going to see a lot of .500 teams that could win other conference's.
*UND is at Miami the 18th and 19th of October giving fans an early taste of what to expect for fans. Although Minnesota and Wisconsin are not on this year's schedule, this winter's slate serves up a lot of great weekends.
*The UND football team sits at 1-2 after their bye week with yet another ranked opponent coming to the Alerus Center. Montana State, another team reeling after a loss to SFA, visits Grand Forks for the first time since 1983. He is questionable, but more than likely, All-American quarterback Denarius McGee will not play.
*It's no question-UND must win one of these big games if they want to make the playoffs. The magic number seems to seven for UND if they want to make the playoffs. Technically, they could lose to Montana State and Eastern Washington, run the table, and get to seven. But is that good enough to make it into the postseason? They need a good win and hopefully for UND fans, it can come this Saturday against a beat up Bobcat team.