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Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:36 am

I enjoy watching FCS Football in general although I only follow the Redbirds closely. I thought this was an interesting article from the STATS FCS Football website. ISU v Northern Iowa on November 2nd made their list of biggest MVC games for 2019. I cant argue with any of the MVC games picked as big games. All of them should be great games to watch and would be expected to have some impact on the title race, at least sitting here in the off season.
The Dakota's are definitely dominating this particular list for the MVC, and probably justifiably so.
CAA Football is big in my area of the country. I sort of laughed with the intro to the CAA, "Which conference game isn't big in the CAA?" No doubt the CAA is a solid conference and ultra competitive but so is the MVC. I would guess the difference to most people is the MVC has been so dominated by NDSU and even though James Madison has been the big dog the last few years the CAA has been more competitive in that regard.
In any event, if you are an FCS Football fan here are some games around the country you may want to try to tune in to. They should all be good games to watch.

http://www.fcs.football/cfb/story.asp?i ... 3752484004
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:07 am

Tnx for sharing the article!

Big10 just makes me vomit anymore. I listen and read about the Illini and Smith...and what a freaking waste of everything. The only redeemable thing about the last few years....the Illini has been dirt.

I am ready for the Dakotas to start taking a backseat in the MoValley….do you think something like that would ever happen?
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:30 pm

chuckie1980 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:07 am
Tnx for sharing the article!

Big10 just makes me vomit anymore. I listen and read about the Illini and Smith...and what a freaking waste of everything. The only redeemable thing about the last few years....the Illini has been dirt.

I am ready for the Dakotas to start taking a backseat in the MoValley….do you think something like that would ever happen?
I don't. They're far ahead and have a great recruiting base. Watch for the rise of North Dakota as well. I coached one of their position coaches back in the day and he thinks they're on the rise big time. I think they're also redoing their dome.
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:45 pm

TIMMY wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:30 pm
chuckie1980 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:07 am
Tnx for sharing the article!

Big10 just makes me vomit anymore. I listen and read about the Illini and Smith...and what a freaking waste of everything. The only redeemable thing about the last few years....the Illini has been dirt.

I am ready for the Dakotas to start taking a backseat in the MoValley….do you think something like that would ever happen?
I don't. They're far ahead and have a great recruiting base. Watch for the rise of North Dakota as well. I coached one of their position coaches back in the day and he thinks they're on the rise big time. I think they're also redoing their dome.
Is their recruiting base really that different from ours? I recall them pulling important players out of Illinois and Wisconsin, with some from the Kansas City area too. And they go toe to toe with UNI for kids from Iowa. Now they do have the Twin Cities, but otherwise...is their recruiting base really different than the places we go?

Of course I do see a stronger fan base, especially for NDSU.
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:25 pm

ISUBU wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:45 pm
TIMMY wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:30 pm
chuckie1980 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:07 am
Tnx for sharing the article!

Big10 just makes me vomit anymore. I listen and read about the Illini and Smith...and what a freaking waste of everything. The only redeemable thing about the last few years....the Illini has been dirt.

I am ready for the Dakotas to start taking a backseat in the MoValley….do you think something like that would ever happen?
I don't. They're far ahead and have a great recruiting base. Watch for the rise of North Dakota as well. I coached one of their position coaches back in the day and he thinks they're on the rise big time. I think they're also redoing their dome.
Is their recruiting base really that different from ours? I recall them pulling important players out of Illinois and Wisconsin, with some from the Kansas City area too. And they go toe to toe with UNI for kids from Iowa. Now they do have the Twin Cities, but otherwise...is their recruiting base really different than the places we go?

Of course I do see a stronger fan base, especially for NDSU.
Our recruiting base is much different than NDSU for sure ... just checked their roster ... 28 from MN, 15 from ND, 11 from WI.

Redbirds have 6 from WI, and none from ND or MN. The bulk of our roster is from IL (35), IN, MO, then WI and TX, then a wide smattering across the country.

Not sure about SDSU or USD .. guessing similar though probably bit more overlap with us than NDSU based on simple logistics.
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:38 pm

The whole population of North Dakota is about the same as i-74 from Galesburg to Champaign. It is less than one of the collar counties. They pull 15 from their state and we probably have a similar number on our roster from the I-74 corridor.

All four Dakota schools are going to do well in Minnesota...it is the recruitment market for their students in general. That is different from us.

But even though different, is it better? The original comment suggested that they have a better recruiting base to sustain their success. I'm not sure they do. I do think they have stronger fan commitment.

NDSU always seems to have some Illinois kids. 5% of their roster, maybe?
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:57 pm

If they beat us it's better.
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TIMMY wrote:
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If they beat us it's better.
The final result has been better but it isn't a fertile recruiting base that makes NDSU so good. I agree with ISUBU. It's the rabid fanbase they have that makes recruiting easier.
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Total Red wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:30 am
TIMMY wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:57 pm
If they beat us it's better.
The final result has been better but it isn't a fertile recruiting base that makes NDSU so good. I agree with ISUBU. It's the rabid fanbase they have that makes recruiting easier.
demographics and tradition favors them getting the best players in their region. ISU has to compete with so many other schools. Sure, there are way more kids in Chicago metro than Fargo metro, but there are also a lot more schools, and NDSU owns their marketplace ... self-fulfilling situation .. imagine their recruiting pitch with all those banners and fans, plus an indoor facility ... it's a pretty easy sales pitch, unless your a WR .... a species nearing extinction in Fargo. But all other positions, very easy pitch.

Which brings us back to the Indooor Practice Facility topic .... it is a difference maker given we play and compete for recruits in upper midwest.
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Which brings us back to the Indooor Practice Facility topic .... it is a difference maker given we play and compete for recruits in upper midwest.
NDSU in fundraising campaign for an indoor practice facility.
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ISUBU wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:34 pm
fourthandshort wrote:
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Which brings us back to the Indooor Practice Facility topic .... it is a difference maker given we play and compete for recruits in upper midwest.
NDSU in fundraising campaign for an indoor practice facility.
In addition to the dome. Must be nice.
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fourthandshort wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Total Red wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:30 am
TIMMY wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:57 pm
If they beat us it's better.
The final result has been better but it isn't a fertile recruiting base that makes NDSU so good. I agree with ISUBU. It's the rabid fanbase they have that makes recruiting easier.
demographics and tradition favors them getting the best players in their region. ISU has to compete with so many other schools. Sure, there are way more kids in Chicago metro than Fargo metro, but there are also a lot more schools, and NDSU owns their marketplace ... self-fulfilling situation .. imagine their recruiting pitch with all those banners and fans, plus an indoor facility ... it's a pretty easy sales pitch, unless your a WR .... a species nearing extinction in Fargo. But all other positions, very easy pitch.

Which brings us back to the Indooor Practice Facility topic .... it is a difference maker given we play and compete for recruits in upper midwest.
And they're not going to stop running that diamond stuff until someone shows they can stop it.
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