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Published September 04, 2012, 09:47 AM

Bison begin big prep week ahead of matchup with Colorado State

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU will play its 9th game against an FBS opponent this coming Saturday when they face Colorado State. The Bison have won five of their previous eight meetings against the upper class of college football, and now face a Rams team looking for an identity.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU will play its 9th game against an FBS opponent this coming Saturday when they face Colorado State. The Bison have won five of their previous eight meetings against the upper class of college football, and now face a Rams team looking for an identity.

Colorado State enters Saturday's matchup against NDSU on top of the world. They beat their hated rivals from Colorado in a series that the Buffaloes had won 15 of the last 20 times. CSU is led by Jim McElwain. Saturday will be just his 2nd career game as a head coach. This becomes the 4th straight year NDSU has played a first year coach in its FBS game.

Craig Bohl – 5-3 Record vs FBS Opponents: “It's a challenge, because a lot of times you don't quite know what direction schematically a team is going to be. How that's come about is luck of the draw. You watch this tape, they're well coached, their guys are in position, they play disciplined football, and they beat a good Colorado team, so we have our hands full.”

McElwain has some impressive credentials. Before his stop in Fort Collins he was Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama, guiding the Crimson Tide to 2 national titles in three years.

Craig Bohl: “I think every time you become a head coach you take things from different programs you're from. I imagine their head coach took a lot of things from Coach Saban. Certainly they're very successful.”

CSU's quarterback Garrett Grayson will make just his 5th career start Saturday against NDSU, but the Rams will rely on running back Chris Nwoke. When healthy, he’s one of the best backs NDSU will see all year.

Bohl says NDSU should be fully health for Saturday. Our pregame show begins at 4 on WDAY.com, the live blog then fires up around 5, with complete highlights and reaction on WDAY, then come back for the postgame show on what should be a fun day in Fort Collins.

The latest coach’s poll came out earlier today. NDSU receives 23 of 25 first place votes, Old Dominion moves into top 5, while Youngstown State zings up 8 spots after the win over Pittsburgh from the Big East.

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