There have a been a couple newsworthy items that have popped up in the last couple weeks concerning UND Football. June is obviously a slow time of the year so when something actually does happen it becomes major news.
1. Athletic Director Brian Faison hit a couple grand slams in the past few weeks with his future FBS scheduling. UND announced that they will be playing the University of Utah in 2017 out in Salt Lake City. In return for traveling out to take on the Utes, who get to keep their native american nickname, UND receives $450,000. Utah, who recently joined the Pac-12 conference, was 5-7 last season – their first in the conference. This will be a very tough game for UND as Utah is usually a solid club and will have 4 years of Pac-12 revenue sharing flowing into the coffers before UND heads out there.
2. Just when UND fans thought that the payday/opponent couldn’t get a whole lot better, Faison announces that UND will take on Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies in 2018 out in Seattle. The payday for this Pac-12 game: $500,000. Now that is a heck of chunk of change. The Huskies were 7-6 in 2012, losing to Boise State in the Maaco Bowl, 28-26. Since Sarkisian took over the helm in 2010, Washington has been a very good offensive team and at the same time a very bad defensive team. Last year they tried to slow it down a bit to keep things under control but historically they have had no problem getting in a track meet with their fellow Pac-12 teams.
3. Multiple 2013 FCS Preseason Polls have been released. UND is not ranked in any of them but many of their 2013 opponents are. Lindy’s and Athlon have both put their’s out so far. UND has four Top-10 teams AT HOME this year, according to those two polls. South Dakota State, Montana, Montana State, and Eastern Washington all visit the Alerus Center this fall, making this by far the most attractive home schedule in UND history and possibly the best home schedule in all of FCS. UND has seven home games in 2013.