By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The North Dakota State Bison and the Eastern Washington Eagles will face each other in the FCS Championship on Saturday. The Bison and Eagles will clash at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at noon EST on ESPN2.
The Bison will be looking to capture their second straight Championship. Last year, they defeated the James Madison Dukes, 17-13, for the Championship.
The Eagles are looking to capture their second championship since 2010. They defeated the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, 20-19, on January 7th at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge,” said Eastern head coach Aaron Best. “They have been the premier FCS team for a while. I think it was Ketner Kupp who said to somebody that the standard of FCS championship caliber football is North Dakota State. So, it doesn’t take much to know that they have done what they have accomplished with consistency on both sides of the ball and on special teams.”
The Bison bring a 14-0 record into the big game. They have won their last 20 games.
They have not since a November 4th, 2017 defeat to No. 10 South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 33-21, for the Dakota Marker in Brookings, South Dakota.
The Eagles bring a 12-2 mark into the contest. They were defeated 59-24 by the Washington State Cougars on September 15th.
They were also defeated 14-6 by the Weber State Wildcats on October 13th.
Eastern Washington has won seven straight games.
The Bison is averaging 41.7 points per game. Their offense is averaging 470.6 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 11.8 points per game. Their defense is allowing 284.4 total yards per game.
Bison quarterback Easton Stick has gone 162 of 262 for 2,554 yards in 14 games. He also has 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Bruce Anderson leads the Bison backs with 124 carries for 924 yards and nine touchdowns. Darrius Shepherd leads the Bison receivers with 57 receptions for 940 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Eagles are averaging 44.5 points per game. Their offense is averaging 540.4 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 21.57 points per game. Their defense is allowing 385.6 total yards per contest.
Eagles quarterback Eric Barriere has gone 177 of 286 for 2,252 yards. He also has 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Sam McPherson leads the Eagles backs with 186 carries for 1,352 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nsimba Webster leads the Eagles receivers with 80 receptions for 1,287 yards and 11 touchdowns.