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Bison Media Zone

Join WDAY's sports reporters as they keep you up to date with all of the latest NDSU Bison Football news. Brought to you by Gate City Bank.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack
Latest Episodes
Bison Media Zone: NDSU basketball chatter and football updates
Thu Jan 27 15:31:30 EST 2022
Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo break down the first half of conference play for the NDSU basketball teams as big weekends loom for both teams, starting tonight against South Dakota.

The guys also discuss a handful of players that have left the Bison football team since the conclusion of the regular season. 

They also dive into the search for a new president at NDSU and how close that president should be to athletics.


Bison Media Zone: From 25,000 feet, a look ahead at Bison football next season
Mon Jan 10 11:23:20 EST 2022
WDAY-TV's Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack join podcast host Mike McFeely on the flight back to Fargo from Frisco, Texas, to take a quick look back at NDSU's 38-10 victory over Montana State in the FCS championship game and to look ahead to 2022.

The podcast was recorded in The Forum's company plane at 25,000 feet, so the audio quality is not perfect. 

Monday Morning QB with Steve Walker, the FCS championship episode: 1/10/22
Mon Jan 10 11:19:59 EST 2022
NDSU's 38-10 victory against Montana State at Toyota Stadium for the NCAA Division I FCS championship before 18,942 fans. The Bison (14-1) won their ninth title in the past 11 seasons. NDSU has a 130-7 overall record in the those nine championship seasons. The Bison hold the record for most FCS championships ahead of Georgia Southern, which is in second place with six.

Bison Media Zone: Breaking down the Bobcats
Fri Jan 07 16:32:51 EST 2022
Bozeman Chronicle sportswriter Colton Pool joins podcast host Mike McFeely to break down the Montana State Bobcats one day before they take on North Dakota State  in the Football Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas.

Pool believes the Bobcats have what it takes to beat the Bison for the championship, leaning on their defense and freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott.

Bison Media Zone: What's the future of FCS? Sam Herder offers his thoughts
Thu Jan 06 15:03:24 EST 2022
HERO Sports FCS analyst Sam Herder joins podcast host Mike McFeely in Frisco, Texas, to talk about the future of the Division I subdivision.

With programs like James Madison, Sam Houston and Jacksonville State moving to FBS, is FCS going to be North Dakota State and perhaps three other schools playing in the semifinals every year?

Sam and Mike disagree on what the FCS might look like in 10 years.

Bison Media Zone: Dom Izzo and Mike McFeely recap their first day in Frisco
Thu Jan 06 11:50:29 EST 2022
WDAY-TV sportscaster Dom Izzo joins podcast host Mike McFeely to recap their first day in Frisco, Texas, covering North Dakota State and Montana State playing in the FCS national title game.

The biggest news of the day? Probably that Bison receiver Christian Watson received a Senior Bowl invitation, meaning is NFL Draft stock is climbing quickly.

Bison Media Zone: James Madison Postgame Show
Mon Dec 20 11:11:37 EST 2021
No. 2-seeded North Dakota State held off No. 3-seeded James Madison, earning a 20-14 victory Friday night in the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome before 16,550 fans.

Bison fullback Hunter Luepke rushed for 110 yards and added two touchdown catches to lead the offense, while NDSU cornerback Destin Talbert had a game-saving interception in the end zone with 3 minutes, 5 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

The Bison (13-1) advanced to the FCS championship game for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons. NDSU has a 9-1 record in the FCS semifinals since 2011. The Bison play the Montana State-South Dakota State winner in the national title game, which is slated for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas.

Monday Morning QB with Steve Walker: 12/20/2021
Mon Dec 20 11:10:11 EST 2021
Week 14 of "Monday Morning QB with Steve Walker" after NDSU's 20-14 home victory against James Madison at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals. The Bison improved to 13-1 overall and next play Montana State on Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, for the FCS championship. NDSU is playing in its ninth title game since 2011.

Bison Media Zone: James Madison Game Preview
Thu Dec 16 14:27:54 EST 2021
The FCS semifinals return to Fargo after a two year absence as North Dakota State will welcome in rival school James Madison University for a trip to the FCS championship game.

This will mark the fourth all-time playoff matchup between the schools, the first being ten years ago in the second round, a Bison 26-14 win.

The Dukes got some payback in 2016, when they returned to Fargo for the semifinals and beat NDSU 27-17, ending the Bison five year title streak.

The schools have met two more times in Frisco, Texas. The 2018 title game saw NDSU end JMU's 26 game win streak with a 17-13 win. They met again in Frisco to wrap the 2019 season and it was another tremendous game, with the Bison getting a late turnover to beat the Dukes, 28-20.

Bison Media Zone: Why are fans staying away from the Fargodome?
Mon Dec 13 13:42:39 EST 2021
Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo discuss potential solutions to the game experience as a way to get fans back inside to the game. 

Last week, the school announced that returned season tickets were going on sale to the general public, something that never happened during the early years of NDSU's FCS playoff runs.