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  1. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    Am I missing something here? Relax, I kid, I kid ...
  2. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    In 2018, the MVFC and Big Sky Conference have been much closer than they have been in years past. Looking at past 10 years, though, that is not the case. I think we can all agree that UND’s strength of schedule would’ve been much more difficult with a MVFC schedule, and with current playoff discussions, strength of schedule is being held against UND. Biggest issue is still, and always will be, total number of wins. Need to get to 7 with a win against Northern Arizona. Also, let’s be careful in criticizing the DII moveup narrative. UND could be doing a hell of a better job at it themselves. Lastly, how is the MVFC comparable to the Big 12. That is laughable and you should be embarrassed making that comparison. Your bias for the BSC comes through on that. When was the last time a Big 12 team won a string of national championships or even a single national champion for that matter? Maybe back when the Cornhuskers were top dogs in the 90s, and then Texas won the NC in 2005, but otherwise the Big 12 has been crap the past 10+ years when comparing to national picture. When comparing the MVFC to national FCs picture, the conference has been a top player for the past 10 years. Never mind NDSU because we know you don’t want to hear about them and I agree it’s too much. But SDSU was a semi-finalist last year. A few years ago Illinois State was in the national championship. UNI has beat up on Big Sky teams in the playoffs, such as ranked Portland State (in Portland) in 2015. Etc. Etc. Etc. I completely endorse the move to the MVFC as a move to a superior conference. Now, that means UND needs to pick its game up and Bubba needs to get talented players and coaches to help him with that.
  3. UND-FB-FAN

    2018-19 Season

    They need quality Adidas white home AND KELLY green away uniforms ASAP! I don’t know full story, but this current uniform situation is embarrassing. Having to play on big stage against Kentucky with those is not good.
  4. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    You can only play who is on your schedule. Majority of games are conference games and the big sky conference is a weaker conference than the Missouri Valley football conference. The degree of difference is often exaggerated by North Dakota State fans, but nevertheless the MVFC is still a superior conference. We can all find solace in that UND is moving to the better conference in 2020. Until then, win what’s on your schedule and go from there. It’s disappointing that North Dakota had a relatively weak schedule this year but yet can only max out at seven regular-season wins
  5. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    No one is going to waste their time looking for that “source”.
  6. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    In regards to "seems too simple to say need to use the TE's more", let's explain then. Rudolph does not call very much play-action on early downs. That is, there are limited plays where the primary read is the TE, FB, or RB *when* the defense is expecting run (hence early downs). This is important because it stresses the defense while they are trying to play run; the same players that often have to tackle the ball carrier are asked to cover the TE, FB, or RB. On third and long, it is completely acceptable (and sometimes required) to keep the TE in to block and therefore focus on the receivers downfield. But if defensive pressure is the reason the TE can't be released on thrid and long, then the RBs should be used in the screen game way, way more ... and they are not being used in the screen game at all. Lastly, by being less predictable with play-action on early downs, UND wouldn't have to worry about their receiver injury situation so much due to less third and long situations. This whole "use the TE's more" is a short and simple way to say that UND needs to be more unpredictable with play-action on expected running downs to prevent the short gains on 1st and 2nd down that you speak of.
  7. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    NDSU has only thrown the ball 203 times this season (due to their dominance on the scoreboard and with the running game), whereas UND has thrown the ball 264 times. Yet, the TE, FB, and RB positions are way underutilized in UND's passing game relative to NDSU or any other pro style running offense (Wisconsin, Iowa, etc.). That is not in UND's best interest in terms of winning offensive football. The situation at receiver when all were healthy still left much, much to be desired. Need to do better at that position. Maag has been a pleasant surprise as only a true freshman, though. Need more big play speed in the group.
  8. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    TE and RB passing game has always been poor (to darn right embarrassing) under Rudolph, even when all the players are healthy and playing. Passing game has always been poor with Rudolph actually. And the run heavy ball control offense currently implemented doesn’t effectively close out games like it should (see 2018 Idaho game). I don't buy this continual infatuation with injuries as the cause for poor play and poor losses. It is a factor, but it can’t be continually emphasized as the cause for the lack of major success. Coach up and develop some quality backups. The track record for backups in this program could be better.
  9. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    As I mentioned earlier, UND’s QB coaching and development is the #1 issue in my opinion. UND can run the ball and stop the run, but the passing game is horrible. UND’s QBs are consistently put in bad positions. As for 4th down, I get what you’re saying, but the team overall has to be more aggressive. The defense is aggressive, no doubt, but the offense often lacks that killer instinct. It appears the Montana game was an aberration.
  10. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    “Too nice” is just a way to say the on-field philosophy needs to be more aggressive. The lack of deep shots when up or the decision to not go for it on 4th and short have occurred repeatedly this season and before. Perhaps you misinterpreted what I meant and I could’ve been more clear, but if you really feel that UND will beat top teams with their current level of aggression (or lack thereof), then I guess we do disagree on that component of “culture”.
  11. UND-FB-FAN

    Time For Some New Blood

    Spot on. The QB coaching and development is my #1 concern, even over special teams.
  12. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    Sure it matters, but it’s not the end all be all. Many of your beloved MVFC playoff bubble teams have only won 6 games. They need 7 wins and then they have to competitively compare to other 7 DI win teams. Don’t just skip the win total and head-to-head comparisons because the team happens to be in the MVFC, which is definitely skewed by its top team.
  13. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    You’ve instantly lost all credibility with this first sentence. There is plenty wrong with ALL 6-4 teams — that’s why they have 4 losses! Dont place all MVFC teams on a pedestal just because of conference affiliation with cow college. The strength of schedule argument is incomplete. You can’t just get 4 to 5 teams from the MVFC every season because it’s “so hard to win games”. That is the most shortsighted and ignorant argument out there. Minus SDSU and NDSU, the MVFC is nothing special (it will be in 2020 though ... ha). The MVFC will get a 3rd team but don’t bring a bunch of crap from bisonville over here to try justify a 4th or 5th. It just doesn’t cut it this season. Damn
  14. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    A lot of scenarios have to go right for UND. First and foremost UND has to win. Also UND has to overcome independence status and prior history of being overlooked. I think UND’s blowout win against Montana and playoff appearance in 2016 (better name recognition now than ‘15) could be the difference though and will allow UND entry. All in all, though, after 2015 nothing will surprise me. The Idaho loss would be the difference maker. As for the quality of play right now for UND, I absolutely agree with you. The offense and special teams are horrendous right now and it’s not all due to injuries (again the same discussion as last season folks). I’m also a bit concerned with the defensive play calling, unfortunately. Schmidt is really sticking with his base defense too much in my estimation. Would like to see some sub packages against pass happy offenses. We’ll see how it goes down in Flagstaff and go from there I guess.
  15. UND-FB-FAN

    FCS Football Polls

    MVFC will get a 3rd team into the playoff field due to reputation. If UND wins and also gets in, UND fans will likely get a little MVFC preview with that MVFC team playing in the Alerus Center for the first round of the playoffs. Bring on the Valley! Go UND
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