Northern State (1-3, 1-3) will play at Minnesota State-Moorhead (0-4, 0-4) on Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference college football game in Moorhead, Minn.
Here is my full preview about the game.
It will be the first North Division game of the season for the Wolves, who are coming off a 24-23 win over Concordia-St. Paul last week. NSU needed a blocked point-after-attempt in the waning seconds to preserve the win.
“We talk all the time about the most important play being the next play and that couldn’t have rang more true than last week’s game,” Northern State coach Tom Dosch said.
Here are some random thoughts/notes on Saturday’s game against the Dragons:
— The Wolves picked off Concordia-St. Paul QB James Peterson three times last season. The NSU defense has seven INTs on the year. Strong safety Logan Dosch leads the team with three, free safety Jayson Geditz has two and cornerback Marquis Mulkey has two. Mulkey is second in the conference in pass breakups with six. Fellow cornerback Paul Woodward has five breakups, which is among the top in the NSIC.
“We kind of feed off of each other so when we get it all working it could be a pretty good unit,” Geditz said.
— NSU holds a 27-21-1 edge in the series and has won four of the last five meetings. The Wolves won last year’s meeting 42-21 in Moorhead.
— Saturday’s forecast calls for clear skies, 75 degrees and winds out of the south/southwest at 5-10 mph.
— The Dragons haven’t won a game since Sept. 24, 2011, but they did give No. 15 Minnesota State, Mankato a game last week. Moorhead was within 7-0 early in the fourth quarter before the Mavericks pulled away with 17 straight fourth-quarter points.
— The Dragons are young, very young. When I did the NSIC football preview earlier in the year, I found that 71 of the 90 players were either freshmen or sophomores.
— NSU QB Jared Jacobson had his second solid game in a row passing the ball. Be interesting to see if he has another good passing game against a young Moorhead defensive secondary.
— For those that missed it, I had my weekly live chat on Thursday and there were several NSU football questions brought up. Check it out.
— Prediction: The NSU defensive line/linebackers will have another solid game getting after the quarterback.
— Here is a video interview with Geditz that I shot earlier in the week.
By Ryan Deal