Eastern Washington enters FCS championship as heavy underdog versus powerful North Dakota State

FRISCO, Texas — The regular season ended in November. The semifinals finished three weeks ago. And we finally finish the FCS football season Saturday.

Eastern Washington takes on powerhouse North Dakota State in the national championship. The Eagles have won six straight games, captured a Big Sky Conference title, and took care of business through three home playoff contests. But they will be two-touchdown underdogs when the step on the field in Frisco, Texas.

The Bison have captured six of the past seven national championships and won their playoff games this year 52-10, 35-0 and 44-21. The Eagles, though, are ready to accept the challenge.

“We really don’t care too much,” said running back Sam McPherson about his team’s underdog status. “We’re here for a reason. We know why we’re here. We’ve got to this point. They’re here, too. So we just have to go out there and play our game. It doesn’t mean that much. I mean, we’re 14-point underdogs. It’s in the back of our mind, but we don’t care too much.”

The last time these two met in the playoffs, Eastern Washington won a quarterfinal game in overtime on the way to its only national championship in 2010. The Eagles will try to take down the mighty Bison at 10 a.m. Saturday.

KREM-TV in Spokane contributed to this report.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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