North Dakota State Vs. Colorado State: Rams Face Off Against FCS Champs

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04: Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams bobbles the ball and recovered his own fumble against the Colorado Buffaloes during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4 2010 in Denver Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado State will face FCS Champion North Dakota State in Fort Collins on Saturday.

Colorado State started their season strong with a win over rival Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, and they'll be looking to continue the success that they saw in that game as they face off against the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday.

Defense was the word of the day for CSU in their win against CU, picking up five sacks and punishing the Buffaloes running game all day long in their new 3-4 defense. Switching their defensive formation looks like it was a worthy experiment to try so far, and the Bison shouldn't provide that much more of a test than the Buffaloes did. NDSU is coming off of their first ever National Championship at the FCS level, which they won by going 14-1 in 2011.

NDSU has won two straight FBS games, against Kansas in 2010 and Minnesota in 2011. They are coming off of a 52-0 smashing of Robert Morris.

The game will be at Hughes Stadium at 1 p.m. MT.

For more on the Colorado State Rams, head over to Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection. More on college gridiron can be found over at SB Nation's NCAA Football hub as well as on SB Nation's YouTube channel:

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