The Minnesota Vikings, favored to win the NFC and qualify for the Super Bowl, open the playoffs Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Vikings fans, anecdotally, are treating the upcoming playoffs in one of two ways: They are bravely touting how good their 13-3 team is, or they are nervous about Minnesota blowing a game in an unexpected, painful way.
North Dakota State’s 17-13 victory over James Madison in the Football Championship Subdivision game Saturday, Jan. 6 drew an average of 1.515 million viewers between 11 a.m. and 2:18 p.m. Central, when the game ended on ESPN2. That’s the highest television ratings a Bison national championship game has drawn in their six appearances in Frisco, Texas.
Forbes.com writer Filip Bondy had some fun Tuesday trying to figure out the best college football team in the land, following Alabama’s overtime victory over Georgia in the Football Bowl Subdivision playoff championship game Monday night. Bondy makes the case — tongue in cheek, we think — that because Alabama lost a regular-season game to archrival Auburn by 12 points, that the Crimson Tide could not possibly be crowned national champions. So he offered three alternative national champions to Alabama, “based on some alternative facts.”
FRISCO, Texas — North Dakota State football coach Chris Klieman spoke with WDAY-TV’s Dom Izzo after practice Wednesday. Klieman said Frisco “feels like home” to the Bison, who are making their sixth trip to the Football Championship Subdivision title game in seven years. You can watch Klieman's full interview in the scroll above. To read more Bison football coverage, visit Mike McFeely's blog by clicking here.
FRISCO, Texas — It won’t cost an arm and a leg to see North Dakota State and James Madison play for a championship. A flood of cheaper tickets have hit the Football Championship Subdivision title game market, thanks to the sale of standing room only tickets early this week. The game is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Toyota Stadium. Standing room only tickets are selling for as low as $52 each on the NCAA Ticket Exchange . There are dozens of SRO tickets available.
It looks like Mike Houston will be James Madison’s head coach for awhile. That might seem obvious, given Houston recently signed a 10-year contract extension. But coaching contracts are made to be broken — legally through buyouts, but broken nonetheless.
The Sam Houston State player whose low hit likely ended a key North Dakota State player’s season sent Bison coaches a text message apologizing for the tackle, saying it was not meant to be a dirty play. NDSU likely lost both its starting cornerbacks and dynamic running back Ty Brooks to season-ending injuries in the Bison’s 55-13 FCS semifinal victory over Sam Houston State at the Fargodome Friday night, according to head coach Chris Klieman.
There is a group of people reporters, particularly columnists, like more than any other. It is those people who have a thought in their head and when they open their mouth to share that thought with the world … it comes out unfiltered. Such people are increasingly rare in this Internet-driven world, where a spicy quote will go global in a matter of seconds. They are almost non-existent in college football, where coaches and players generally would rather be punched below the waist than offer bulletin board material for an opponent.
Carson Wentz says he’ll “come back stronger than ever” from a knee injury that ended his season, even though “it will be tough on me for a little bit.” Through a video posted on Twitter late Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his left knee Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams is part of Jesus’ plan for him.
Wofford football coach Mike Ayers chatted with WDAY-TV’s Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Mike McFeely on Friday afternoon as the Terriers held a walk-through at the Fargodome to prepare for their FCS playoff game Saturday against North Dakota State. You can watch the full interview in the scroll above. For more on this game, click here.