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Published January 12, 2014, 09:18 PM

Three questions heading into the 2014 NDSU football season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU football fans have had a week to celebrate the program's third consecutive national title. Now, it's our job to look ahead to next year. As NDSU turns the page on a legendary class, the new coaching staff is busy preparing for 2014, knowing many pieces of this roster are question marks.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU football fans have had a week to celebrate the program's third consecutive national title.

Now, it's our job to look ahead to next year.

As NDSU turns the page on a legendary class, the new coaching staff is busy preparing for 2014, knowing many pieces of this roster are question marks.

Here are our three biggest questions that the Bison need to answer.

Number three is about the defense, NDSU has had the best D in the country over the last three seasons because they had so much depth that will be tested next season, as the defensive line loses three starters, meaning some redshirt freshman are going to log some major minutes in 2014.

Number two has nothing to do with the players; it's about the new head coach, Chris Klieman has the unenviable task of trying to replace the legend that is Craig Bohl; that led the Bison to unprecedented heights.

Klieman has a good start with 14 starters returning; including 10 players on defense that have played major minutes, but his ability to transition from defensive coordinator to head coach is worth watching.

Number one centers on quarterback trying to replace the all-time wins leader in FCS history is a nearly impossible task, but that's the challenge that likely faces Bismarck product Carson Wentz.

He has set behind Brock Jensen the last two years getting only mop-up reps, but in that short time, showing his athleticism and his strong arm.

NDSU's success in 2014 will largely be based on the fact if Wentz can handle the starting role.

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