College GameDay 2013: Week 4 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More

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College GameDay 2013: Week 4 Schedule, Location, Predictions and More
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's College GameDay is changing things up drastically this week, taking to the campus of FCS powerhouse North Dakota State ahead of its showdown with Delaware State on Saturday.

The Bison are fresh off of a bye week and should continue rolling along after opening the 2013 season with a huge upset over Kansas State. They are the two-time reigning national champions at their level and have 10 titles overall.

Fargo should be an interesting site for ESPN's renowned pregame broadcast, but the setup will be outside of the famous Fargo Theatre rather than the Fargodome, where fans and tailgaters will be gathered.

There truly aren't a lot of marquee matchups at the highest level of college football this weekend, so it makes sense that ESPN is deciding to use this week as the fourth occasion to highlight an FCS game.

It's a great opportunity to learn more about some of the stars and storylines happening outside the typical national spotlight. Seeing the GameDay gang break it down should do the Bison's story justice.

 

Note: Background information was obtained from North Dakota State's athletics website and a report by Jeff Kolpack of Inforum.com.

College GameDay Week 4 Viewing Info
When Where TV
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Fargo, North Dakota ESPN

Source: ESPN

 

Predictions

Brock Jensen Will Shine

Video Credit: NDSU Athletics

This should turn out to be more of a celebration of North Dakota State's prowess than any sort of competitive game.

Bison quarterback Brock Jensen should hurt Delaware State with both his arm and his legs. This should be a relatively easy test Jensen, who drove 80 yards in 18 plays and capped it off with a game-winning touchdown run against Kansas State last week.

Jensen completed 14 out of 15 passes in the second half against the Wildcats.

The Hornets are 0-2 so far and have yielded an average of 45.5 points per game. It also doesn't help that Delaware State has started out playing twice on the road and won't get home until Oct. 5.

Although this will be a good opportunity for exposure for the school, its football program is currently not the greatest, especially on defense.

North Dakota's senior signal-caller has a sure-handed classmate in Ryan Smith, along with the more dynamic Zach Vraa, which should sting the Hornets' secondary throughout this one.

Projected numbers: 25-of-35 passing, 250 yards, 3 TDs; 8 carries, 30 yards

 

Hornets' Hopes Start and End with Cory Murphy

Sticking with quarterbacks as the main focus here, Delaware State's own senior leader is the only chance the Hornets have to keep this contest respectable.

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In a 49-7 loss to Towson last week, Cory Murphy tied for the team high in rushing with just eight yards after running for 44 yards and throwing for more than 300 yards in the season opener.

The Bison have a defense boasting four preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selections in defensive linemen Cole Jirik and Leevon Perry, linebacker Grant Olson and cornerback Marcus Williams.

That gives them at least one standout performer at every level with Jirik, Olson and Williams all serving as team captains.

Olson made the game-sealing interception in the Kansas State game, so look for him to read Murphy and for Jirik to get pressure off the edge, forcing Murphy into mistakes.

Projected stats: 20-of-38 passing, 210 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs; 12 carries, 36 yards

 

North Dakota State Wins in a Rout

Video Credit: NDSU Athletics

Based on the previous breakdown, it isn't hard to figure out the ultimate outcome for this one.

The talent gap will be evident, as the Bison have superior personnel and a far better program overall. This game will showcase North Dakota's dominance at the FCS level in a blatant way.

Murphy should be able to keep some plays alive with his feet, but a severe lack of a running game to support him will not allow the Hornets to move the ball consistently against a rather stout Bison defense.

This is a runaway victory for head coach Craig Bohl, who is set to break a tie with Rocky Hager as the winningest coach in North Dakota State history.

 

Prediction: North Dakota State 35, Delaware State 7 

Complete Week 4 College Football Schedule
Matchup Time (EDT) TV/Live Stream
No. 3 Clemson at North Carolina State 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 ESPN
Boise State at Fresno State 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 ESPN
Florida A&M at No. 4 Ohio State 12 p.m. Big Ten Network
Florida International at No. 7 Louisville 12 p.m. ESPN3
North Carolina at Georgia Tech 12 p.m. ESPN
San Jose State at Minnesota 12 p.m. ESPN2
Marshall at Virginia Tech 12 p.m. ESPNU
Vanderbilt at Massachusetts 12 p.m. ESPNEWS
Wake Forest at Army 12 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Toledo at Central Michigan 12 p.m. ESPN3
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic 12 p.m. CSS Sports/ESPN 106.3
Western Michigan at Iowa 12 p.m. Big Ten Network
Louisiana Tech at Kansas 12 p.m. FOX Sports 1
North Texas at No. 9 Georgia 12:21 p.m. ESPN3
Pittsburgh at Duke 12:30 p.m. ESPN3
Tulane at Syracuse 12:30 p.m. ESPN3
Ball State at Eastern Michigan 1 p.m. ESPN3
Austin Peay at Ohio 2 p.m. ESPN3
Jacksonville State at Georgia State 2 p.m. ESPN3
Idaho State at No. 17 Washington 3 p.m. Pac-12 Network
Northwestern State at UAB 3 p.m. UABSports.com
Houston vs. Rice 3 p.m. at Reliant Stadium (neutral field) FOX Sports Network
Maine at No. 18 Northwestern 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Tennessee at No. 19 Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS
Michigan State at No. 22 Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC
Purdue at No. 24 Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ABC
Utah State at USC 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 & ABC
West Virginia at Maryland 3:30 p.m. ESPNU/Watch ESPN
South Dakota State at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Arkansas at Rutgers 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Murray State at Bowling Green 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Kent State at Penn State 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Virginia Military Institute at Virginia 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at No. 20 Baylor 4 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Cincinnati at Miami (OH) 4 p.m. ESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis 4:30 p.m. ESPN3
Bethune-Cookman at No. 8 Florida State 6 p.m. ESPN3
Citadel at Old Dominion 6 p.m. ODUSports.com
Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron 6 p.m. ESPN3
Colorado State at No. 1 Alabama 7 p.m. ESPN
No. 23 Arizona State at No. 5 Stanford 7 p.m. FOX
Southern Methodist at No. 10 Texas A&M 7 p.m. ESPNU/Watch ESPN
Savannah State at No. 16 Miami (FL) 7 p.m. ESPN3
Texas State at No. 25 Texas Tech 7 p.m. FOX Sports Network
Morgan State at Western Kentucky 7 p.m. ESPN3
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois 7 p.m. ESPN3
Oregon State at San Diego State 7:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Troy at Mississippi State 7:30 p.m. ESPN3
Auburn at No. 6 LSU 7:45 p.m. ESPN
No. 15 Michigan at Connecticut 8 p.m. ABC & ESPN3
Missouri at Indiana 8 p.m. Big Ten Network
Kansas State at Texas 8 p.m. ABC & ESPN3
UTSA at UTEP 8 p.m. FOX College Sports
Hawaii at Nevada 8:05 p.m. ESPN 1420 AM
Western Illinois at UNLV 9 p.m.
Utah at Brigham Young 10:15 p.m. ESPN2 & Watch ESPN
Wyoming at Air Force 10:15 p.m. ESPNU & Watch ESPN
New Mexico State at No. 13 UCLA 10:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network
Idaho at Washington State 10:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network

Source: ESPN; all games where date isn't listed are Saturday, Sept. 21

 

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