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The UND football team has a shot at the Big Sky Conference championship on Saturday. There's going to be plenty of more FCS playoff implications on the line, as well. The Fighting Hawks cracked the FCS Playoff Committee's Top 10 rankings for the first time on Thursday, coming in at No. 10. The top eight seeds will receive a first-round bye in the 24-team field. UND (8-2 overall, 7-0 Big Sky) finishes the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. against Northern Arizona at the Alerus Center.
Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers, the winningest coach in Big Sky Conference history, was asked Wednesday during the league's weekly teleconference about UND's stout run defense the past couple of weeks. Souers, whose team faces the Fighting Hawks at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alerus Center, was quick to point out UND's rush defense has been stingy for a long time, not just the past couple of weeks.
For the first time in its history, the FCS Playoff Committee released Top 10 rankings last Thursday with three weeks to go in the regular season. The rankings were met with a harsh reaction from fans and the media. Committee chair Brian Hutchinson, an athletic director at Morehead State in Kentucky, said those rankings are still a work in progress when asked about the feedback he's received.
The UND football program solidified its FCS playoff hopes last Saturday with a win at Northern Colorado. But the Fighting Hawks say there's plenty of motivation when the regular season comes to a close Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center against Northern Arizona. UND (8-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big Sky Conference) will be playing for a shot at its first conference championship. "For a lot of us, it's the biggest game we've ever played in," UND senior tight end Luke Mathewson said. "I know it is for me, personally."
UND football coach Bubba Schweigert said wide receiver Josh Seibel has been suspended for one game following his arrest over the weekend. UND hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center. "After collecting all of the facts, I feel this is the appropriate action," Schweigert said at a weekly press conference Monday. "I love Josh, but I'm disappointed in the behavior displayed."
The UND football program is now ranked No. 12 in the STATS FCS media poll, which was released Monday. The Fighting Hawks, who have won eight-straight games, are 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big Sky Conference. UND hosts Northern Arizona in its final regular-season game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alerus Center. UND, which moved up four spots from No. 16 in last week's poll, beat Northern Colorado 23-13 last Saturday in Greeley, Colo.
UND is in discussions with the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Summit League about feasible timelines to leave the Big Sky Conference, according to text messages obtained by the Herald. On Oct. 20, UND athletic director Brian Faison sent a picture text to Missouri Valley Football Conference commissioner Patty Viverito. The picture appears to be an outline of steps from the Big Sky Conference sent to UND explaining the process to exit the league.
GREELEY, Colo. -- A year ago, seven wins weren’t good enough to land the UND football program in the FCS playoffs. On Saturday, the Fighting Hawks solidified an even stronger...
GREELEY, Colo.—A common theme arose during postgame interviews Saturday afternoon after UND's 23-13 win over Northern Colorado at Nottingham Field. Coach Bubba Schweigert and his players were quick to turn to next weekend's regular-season finale at home against Northern Arizona, a game that could give UND its first Big Sky Conference title. "We want to get that ring on our finger and that's the game that's going to do it for us," UND running back John Santiago said.
GREELEY, Colo.—UND junior defensive end Drew Greely piled up the statistics last Saturday in a win over Weber State. Greely had four tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. He had the look of an all-Big Sky Conference performer, even though he's not even a starter. But that's the norm for North Dakota, rather than the exception.