College GameDay is coming to the land of the FCS for just the fourth time, and the first time since 2008. The North Dakota State Bison will host the Delaware State Hornets, and coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
The Bison are two-time defending FCS champions and are the top-ranked team in the polls. They caught wider national attention with an opening-week 24-21 upset at Kansas State, and resoundingly defeated Ferris State 56-10 in their second game. North Dakota State has a fearsome defense and a balanced offense, and is expected to give the Hornets fits in Fargo.
Delaware State has had a rough start to the season, starting out 0-2 and looking at the bottom of the MEAC standings. The Hornets lost 42-21 in their opener at Delaware before a 49-7 rout at the hands of Towson. After North Dakota State, Delaware State has a fourth-straight road game -- at Savannah State -- before their first 2013 home contest, against Bethune Cookman.
Rankings and records: North Dakota State is the unanimous top-ranked team in the Coaches' Poll, while Delaware State received no votes. The two teams have never met before.
Vegas: The Bison are a 40-point favorite.
Weather: A high of 67 with a low of 48 and sunny.
Three names to know
Sam Ojuri. North Dakota State's talented senior running back averaged more than 12 yards per carry against Kansas State, and will likely be seeing quite a lot of the ball against the Hornets.
Brock Jensen. The Bison's quarterback is 32-5 as a starter and was named the College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP in 2012.
Cory Murphy. Delaware State's quarterback is a dual threat, and will need to have both elements of his game going if the Hornets are to compete with the Bison.
Two things at stake
With a win, North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl would pass Rocky Hager as the winningest coach in school history.
Delaware State are looking to become the first MEAC team to beat the Bison.
How to witness
TV: ESPN GamePlan provides coverage outside North Dakota. NBC North Dakota will show the game inside the Peace Garden State. Brian Shawn, Lee Timmerman, Kevin Feeney and Jamal Spencer will be on the call.
Radio: Here's a list of North Dakota State radio affiliates. For Delaware State, listen to 1290 AM in Delaware.
Online streaming: ESPN3.
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