COVID-19 wreaks havoc on MVFC

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The Missouri Valley has had some troubles with COVID-19 this season.

You get a cancellation, and you get a cancellation and you get a cancellation

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has had a week full of game postponements and cancellations due to Covid-19 concerns.

After NDSU’s game in Vermillion against USD was canceled two weeks ago, the Bison’s rivalry game against SDSU was also pushed back to April 17 due to Covid-19 tracing.

USD’s game against Northern Iowa was also canceled, along with Missouri States’ scheduled trip to UND. These cancellations come just weeks after Illinois State decided to opt-out of their season.

The cancellations promise to throw a curveball into the NCAA’s scheduled selection show for the FCS Football plays on April 18.

The good news is NDSU’s trip to Northern Iowa this weekend is still on as previously scheduled. The Bison are looking to improve to 6-1 on the pandemic shortened season.

The Bison are fortunate enough to have stacked enough wins throughout the spring that these various cancellations throughout the FCS land should have minimal effect on the Herd’s spot in the FCS playoffs. All that’s left is for the Bison is to take care of the 3-3 Panthers this weekend and the 4-1 Jackrabbits the following weekend.

When the bunnies do roll into Fargo in two weeks, they will have gone nearly a month between playing games. All that time off can be a double-edged sword for SDSU. On one hand, they will have had over three weeks to rest and study film to build a strong game plan for the Bison. On the other hand, such a long break in the middle of the regular season is new territory for a team that seemed to be hitting their stride at the right time after the Rabbits 44-3 drubbing of Southern Illinois on March 20.

With a strong finish, the Bison should cruise into a one-seed when selection Sunday rolls around.

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