How to Watch NDSU vs SIU Football Playoff Game 2021

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Getty Head Coach Nick Hill and the Southern Illinois Salukis will face NDSU this weekend.

The North Dakota State Bison (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) host the Southern Illinois Salukis (8-4, 5-3 MVFC) at the Fargodome on Saturday, December 4.

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The game (3:30 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on TV anywhere, but anyone in the US can watch Southern Illinois vs North Dakota State and every other FCS playoff second-round game live on ESPN+:


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The Salukis were the ones who handed NDSU its first defeat since 2017, winning 38-14, this past spring. “They were better than us on that day,” Bison head coach Matt Entz said about that loss, via Chicago Now. “They whipped us up and down the field. What we need to do is be more efficient on early downs. In the spring, they did a great job of managing the game.”

Now, they’ll square off in the second round of the FCS playoffs, and NDSU is hoping to avoid a similar result.

The Bison are coming off a dominant 52-24 win over South Dakota last weekend. NDSU quarterback Cam Miller completed 19 of 23 passes for 219 yards and a score, leading an offensive attack that also racked up 303 yards on the ground. They’ll be challenged against a Salukis squad that looks very similar to the one that bested them earlier this year.

“Some similarities definitely,” Entz said. “You look down the roster and you see a lot of the same names. I think they are a really good football team and as I’ve said before, I think they are better than their record.”

On the other side, Southern Illinois is fresh from a 22-10 win over South Dakota on November 27. QB Nic Baker went 21-30 for 210 yards and a touchdown, with the bulk of those yards going to wide receiver Avante’ Cox, who caught 10 passes for 148 yards and a TD. Baker has thrown for 2,801 yards (254.6 ypg) this season, and he’ll be tested in a big way in Southern Illinois’ second straight playoff game.

“This is the second road playoff win in a calendar year,” SIU head coach Nick Hill said this week. “I’m proud of the guys in that room. This is a good football team that’s been battle tested like crazy,” Hill said after his team’s victory last weekend. “They’re stacking up a resume this calendar year that not many teams in Saluki history can talk about.”

One thing to keep an eye on in this game will be turnovers. North Dakota State has taken the ball away 17 times, while Southern Illinois has turned the ball over 15 times on the season. Whichever team wins the turnover battle may well come out on top.

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