Kolpack and Izzo Podcast

The Forum's Jeff Kolpack and WDAY Sports Director Dom Izzo discuss the latest happening with North Dakota State athletics and FCS Football weekly.

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Kolapck and Izzo Podcast: A statement win for the Bison women's basketball team and a late signing day recap
Fri Feb 03 17:03:00 EST 2023
The stretch run of the Summit League basketball season is here and for the first time, the North Dakota State women are in the race.

The Bison knocked off South Dakota Thursday night, 86-82 in overtime led by Heaven Hamling's 28 points. It marked the first time NDSU has swept USD since the 1999-2000 season.

Dom Izzo and Jeff Kolpack break down the significance of the win for NDSU and what to expect as league leading South Dakota State comes to Fargo on Saturday.

The guys also discuss the late signing period as the Bison added ten players, six from high school and four transfers.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Is it time for an NDSU collective?
Thu Jan 19 15:41:00 EST 2023
There really isn't an offseason in Division I college football.

Fans are finding out that first hand since the North Dakota States season ended eleven days ago.

In that time frame, the Bison have had their defensive coordinator leave for Northwestern, two more major contributors leave for the transfer portal, an invite to the NFL Combine for a standout senior and the program announce a next destination game against Tennessee State in Nashville.

It's enough to make one's head spin.

On the latest podcast, Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo dissect the moves by Courtney Eubanks and Dom Jones and what it means for the Bison football team for 2023. They also dive into the transfer portal and name, image and likeness as a whole and is NDSU doing enough to keep players here that may want to leave?

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: A first look at NDSU-SDSU for the FCS title
Fri Dec 30 16:50:00 EST 2022
The final game of the FCS season will be an all-Valley title bout.

North Dakota State and South Dakota State will meet for the FCS Championship and so much is at stake. The Jackrabbits seek their first national championship, looking to hand NDSU its first loss in the title game. 

The Bison are a beat up team right now, dealing with several injuries to key players, ranging from TaMerik Williams to Kobe Johnson to Will Mostaert.

WDAY's Dom Izzo and the Forum's Jeff Kolpack go thru an early preview of the matchup and what advantages does each team have in a game when the opponent knows you so well?

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Signing Day Recap and a first look at NDSU-SDSU
Thu Dec 22 16:03:00 EST 2022
The holidays may be here, but the machine of college football rolls on without a break.

National Signing Day came and went on Wednesday with North Dakota State adding 20 high school players and two transfers. Barnesville's Hunter Zenzen will transfer in from Iowa State and play defensive end, along with Bowling Green's Marcus Sheppard, he will play cornerback for the Bison.

Zenzen will have three years of eligibility, Sheppard will have two.

Head coach Matt Entz dropped a mini-bombshell during his Signing Day press conference, with the news that senior running back TaMerik Williams will use an extra year of eligibility and return to the Bison in 2023. It was understood that Williams was going to be moving on after this season wrapped to give the NFL a shot.

That means that NDSU will return both top running backs next season in Kobe Johnson and Williams.

Kolpack and Izzo also go into the elevation of the NDSU - SDSU rivalry and how this game has been a long time in the making.

Lastly they discuss what the fan turnout could potentially be for this game in Frisco.


Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: The Word gets set to face the Herd in the FCS semis
Thu Dec 15 15:48:00 EST 2022
The FCS semifinals will happen Friday night in Fargo despite Mother Nature's best efforts.

A winter snowstorm has socked the Red River Valley, but Incarnate Word left San Antonio Thursday afternoon and will arrive in Fargo for the game Friday night.

North Dakota State returns to the FCS semifinals for an 11th time in the last 12 years, eager to return to Frisco, Texas for a tenth time. If they are going to do that they will need to slow down a highly potent UIW offense, led by likely Walter Payton award winner, Lindsay Scott. The seventh year quarterback enters Friday's game with 59 touchdown passes.

The Bison are a banged up unit on offense, after injuries to TaMerik Williams and Raja Nelson in the quarterfinal win over Samford. Their status is unknown for the game Friday. NDSU may get the return of defensive tackle Eli Mostaert, who has missed nearly the entire season of breaking his leg in Week Two against North Carolina A&T.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Squaring off with Samford, NDSU prepare for a first-time opponent
Thu Dec 08 17:05:00 EST 2022
Friday Night Football is back in Fargo.

North Dakota State will play a nationally televised Friday night football game for the tenth time since 2012, but for the first time it will be in the quarterfinal round. The Bison will match up with the Southern Conference champion, Samford, Friday at 6pm on ESPN2.

The Bulldogs (11-1) enter unbeaten against FCS opponents, their only loss coming to FBS champion Georgia. This will be the first plane flight for Samford since the 2016 season, when they flew to Youngstown State to play a playoff game with the Penguins.

Samford is led by quarterback Michael Heirs, who was the SoCon offensive player of the year. Heirs though was injured in the regular season finale against Mercer, and his status is uncertain for Friday. Backup Quincy Crittendon led Samford to an overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana last week.

The Bison enter dealing with more injuries. Middle linebacker Luke Weerts is in a walking boot and his status is uncertain for Friday's game. NDSU hopes to have fullback Logan Hofstedt available after he was injured during the second round game against Montana.

WDAY's Dom Izzo and the Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup with Samford and chat about other topics around college football.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: The Griz return to Fargo for a playoff showdown with NDSU
Thu Dec 01 16:59:00 EST 2022
The FCS Playoffs resume Saturday in Fargo as North Dakota State will welcome in the University of Montana for a second round matchup.

This is third all-time meeting between the schools in Fargo. Montana made its debut here in 2014, the front end of a home and home series. Adam Keller kicked five field goals that day in a 22-10 win.

Montana was ready for the Bison in the rematch the following year. In front of a national television audience in Week Zero, the Griz scored the game winning touchdown with two seconds left in a 38-35 win.

The two schools met later that year in the second round of the playoffs and the Bison defense dominated, with four interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns in a 37-6 NDSU win.

Montana enters this game with an 8-4 record, having knocked off Southeast Missouri State 34-24 in the first round last weekend. NDSU has never lost in the second round of the playoffs, posting a 10-0 record (not counting the spring season of 2021).

WDAY's Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup and discuss the keys to this game as NDSU looks for another quarterfinal appearance.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Bison and Fighting Hawks meet with playoff implications abound
Thu Nov 17 16:49:00 EST 2022
For the first time since 1996, North Dakota State and North Dakota will end the regular season facing one another.

There was a decade stretch where the two schools played one another in the final game of the North Central Conference season and then some times turn around and play the following week in the playoffs.

That won't happen this year, but these two teams could see each other down the road in the FCS Playoffs.

North Dakota State (8-2) enters on a three game win streak, looking to cinch up a high playoff seed and a first round bye.

North Dakota (7-3) also enters winners of three in a row, they are looking to beat the Bison for the first time at the Division I level.

The FCS Selection Show is Sunday morning at 11:30 on ESPNU, where the 24-team field will be revealed.

WDAY's Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup and look ahead to what the playoffs could look like for the Bison.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: Stopping SIU as the Bison head to Carbondale
Thu Nov 10 16:52:00 EST 2022
The FCS regular season is down to its final two weeks and there's plenty to play for for North Dakota State.

The Bison play their final regular season road game Saturday afternoon in Carbondale, Illinois as they'll match up with 5-4 Southern Illinois.

The Salukis enter off a bye week, they have lost two straight games before the off week, losing to South Dakota and Northern Iowa.

SIU is led by junior quarterback Nic Baker, who made his first career start against the Bison in February of 2021, an infamous day for the Bison as the Salukis routed NDSU 38-14, ending the Bison's 39 game win streak.

WDAY's Dom Izzo and the Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup with Southern Illinois and look ahead to the other big matchups of the FCS weekend.

Kolpack and Izzo Podcast: The Bison head for the Land of Lincoln and Western Illinois
Fri Nov 04 16:14:00 EDT 2022
North Dakota State hits the road for the first time in a month as they'll face Western Illinois.

The Leathernecks enter with an 0-8 record under first year head coach Myers Hendrickson. WIU is one of the worst teams in FCS football, ranking at the bottom of rushing offense and rushing defense.

NDSU comes in after its most complete performance of the season, beating Illinois State 24-7. The Bison defense held the Redbirds under 100 yards rushing, the first time that's happened all season.

The Bison (6-2) have never lost at Hanson Field, winning the six previous games.

WDAY's Dom Izzo and The Forum's Jeff Kolpack preview the matchup and look at the FCS as the playoff field starts to come into focus.