Scout’s Guide to FCS Games: Week 3


(13) Iowa vs North Dakota State

Players to watch:


CB Desmond King, QB C.J. Beathard, RB LeShun Daniels Jr, WR Matt VandeBerg


DE Greg Menard, MLB Nick DeLuca, QB Easton Stick, RB King Frazier, DT Nate Tanguay


The five time FCS National Champs, North Dakota State, head to Iowa to square up with a very tough FBS team. The Bison defense is a very tough unit, led by savvy senior Nick DeLuca. It should be tough sledding for C.J. Beathard and that offensive unit. It will most likely be the toughest game North Dakota State will play this year, and it should be a physical, hit you in the mouth kind of battle. It will be a tall order to upset Iowa in Iowa, but I’d never count out The Bison.


Northern Iowa vs Eastern Washington

Players to watch:


DE Karter Schult, QB Aaron Bailey, RB Tyvis Smith, LB Jared Farley


QB Gage Gabrud, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Stu Stiles, WR Kendrick Bourne


Both of these teams are coming off of very emotional losses. Gage Gabrud leads a very dynamic passing offense, which may or may not have their top receiver Kupp back in action. While that would be a huge blow, Stiles and Bourne put up big numbers after Kupp went out. UNI Defensive End Karter Schult has been on a tear these first two games, and will have ample opportunity to rush the passer in this matchup. It should be a very good game, and both of these teams will be looking to get back on track.


James Madison vs North Carolina

Players to watch:


QB Bryan Schor, RB Cardon Johnson, OT Mitchell Kirsch, CB Taylor Reynolds


RB Elijah Hood, WR Ryan Switzer, OT John Heck, OG Caleb Peterson


James Madison looks to do battle with a very tough Tarheel squad. Another FBS/FCS matchup for the week, should provide atleast a little drama. UNC has a very talented roster, and will look to take the lead early. But JMU isn’t without talent, and is 2-0 coming into this. This game will set a big stage for players like Kirsch and Reynolds to showcase their pro potential.


Other Notable Games:

Coastal Carolina vs Jacksonville State

Portland State vs (8) Washington

South Carolina State vs (5) Clemson

Richmond vs Stony Brook

Robert Morris vs Youngstown State

Tennessee State vs Bethune-Cookman



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