Tough weekend if you’re a college football fan here in the Red River Valley. I posed the question tonight to my colleagues if this was the worst weekend of college football in this area’s history.
Let’s look at the carnage:
- North Dakota State loses to South Dakota State for the third consecutive season. That hasn’t happened in over 45 years. And with the loss, the Jackrabbits retain the rivalry’s trophy, the Dakota Marker.
- Minnesota State Moorhead was handed a 45-point loss by No. 7-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato, which pushed its record to 8-0 this season. The Dragons had just 98 total yards in the road loss.
- Concordia dropped its Homecoming game, losing to Augsburg 27-20 in overtime. The Cobbers were down 20-3 at one point before rattling off 17 straight points in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
- And finally, the University of North Dakota lost to Sioux Falls 28-13. Sioux Falls – an NAIA school – had not only never played a Division I school. The Cougars have never even played a Division II school before. Yes, I know, Sioux Falls is the defending national NAIA champs, and yes, I’m aware that the Sioux are transitioning from Division II. But the fact of the matter is, a Division I school lost to an NAIA school.
Can anybody remember a worse weekend of college football in this area? I’d love to hear any memories in the comments if anyone can. Toss in the fact that the Gophers got shut out by Penn State, and it was pretty much all gloom and doom today.
And what do people think of their teams? The Dragons remain the only one of the three Fargo-Moorhead schools to win a conference game, having beaten Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun action earlier this season.
At least fans around here have the Minnesota Vikings to look forward to.