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Bison Illustrated magazine senior columnist Josh Swanson and editor Joe Kerlin take their free-flowing North Dakota State University thoughts off the page and into your ears. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.

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November 28

THE ROAD TO FRISCO KICKSOFF WITH SAN DIEGO

Former Bison great Cole Jirik joins Swany and Joe to preview North Dakota State’s second round FCS playoff matchup against the San Diego Toreros. Jirik, who owns and operates Dynasty Performance Training in Fargo, won three national championships with the Bison and takes you inside what it’s like once the Herd enters The Road to Frisco. “The intensity is cranked up in the playoffs,” says Jirik. “It’s a different atmosphere, and you feel that energy.” Jirik provides unique insight as to what it was like as a senior and team leader in 2013 when the greatest FCS team of all-time had to deal with, and overcome, the news that their coach was leaving for another school. The guys finish by previewing this weekend’s eight second round games, and who has the best shot at advancing to the quarterfinals. Everybody up for the kickoff, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

November 19

FCS PLAYOFF PREVIEW SPECIAL

The 24-team FCS playoff field is set and the guys preview what teams have a shot at raising a national championship trophy in Frisco, Texas come January 6. Swany and Joe are joined by resident FCS expert Sam Herder to go through the Road to Frisco, and whether North Dakota State can regain the crown. The Missouri Valley Football Conference leads the way with five teams in the field, although the Colonial Athletic Association and defending champ James Madison is right behind them with four teams in contention. Outside of NDSU and JMU, is South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Jacksonville State or anyone else positioned to make a run? The guys give you the four teams they think will be playing in the national semifinals, and predict who will win it all. Get set for the FCS playoffs, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

November 16

THE "BRAKEDOWN" & BRACKETOLOGY OF THE FCS PLAYOFF FIELD

The guys are joined by Keith Brake to break down who belongs, and who doesn’t, in the FCS playoff field. Keith hosts “The BrakeDown” show every weekday from 4:00 – 6:00p on Bison 1660AM. The 24-team FCS playoff field will be announced this Sunday. Swany, Joe, and Keith tackle everything from why Sam Houston State and Jacksonville State should be seeded below North Dakota State, how the Missouri Valley Football Conference and Colonial Athletic Association are the heavyweight favorites in this year’s bracket, and whether North Dakota State and James Madison are destined to collide in Frisco. The guys recap NDSU’s big bounce-back win over South Dakota, and Keith BrakesDown this weekend’s matchup against Illinois State. Bracketology for the masses, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

November 7

NDSU LOOKS FOR BIG BOUNCE BACK PERFORMANCE AGAINST SOUTH DAKOTA

North Dakota State suffered its first loss of the season against South Dakota State. Notwithstanding, the Bison stand alone atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference and control their destiny for FCS playoff seeding with two games left in the regular season. Swany and Joe are joined by HERO Sports columnist and Spotlight Media content strategist, Sam Herder, to breakdown what went wrong in Brookings. Swany sees a silver lining in the performance as the reports of NDSU’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, while Joe and Sam have analysis of everything from QB play to how the loss impacts the Bison moving forward and whether it should drop them from the No. 2 line in the playoff bracket. The guys preview this week’s matchup with a tough South Dakota team led by another dynamic duel threat quarterback. Don’t get left in the cold without this key information you can only find on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

November 2

DAKOTA MARKER SHOWDOWN: BISON & JACKS SET FOR BATTLE OF SHUTDOWN D VERSUS HIGH-OCTANE O

Swany returns to the podcast in time for the annual Dakota Marker showdown between North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The Bison and Jackrabbits matchup, once again, has major conference and national implications as the FCS Playoffs approach. The guys discuss NDSU bringing the best defense in the FCS to Brookings to try to stop the Jackrabbits high-octane offense. Can the Bison offense shake its string of slow starts in the month of October, and how will the Bison defense deploy its attack? These are big questions that will determine who prevails. Swany gives a history on the beginnings of the Dakota Marker, and the guys explore how the rivalry has taken a sharper edge in recent years fueled in part by SDSU coaches saying some baffling stuff on Twitter. It’s going to be an epic battle in Bunny Town and the Bison Illustrated Podcast has you covered as NDSU looks to bring the Marker back home to Fargo!

October 25

INTERVIEWS WITH SAM HERDER, JAYLAAN WIMBUSH AND MAREN WALSETH

Joe Kerlin is joined by fellow FCS football lover Sam Herder to discuss NDSU’s victory over Western Illinois and Carson Wentz. They also get into an FCS Playoff conversation. Smashed in between all of that Bison football goodness are two interviews with cornerback Jaylaan Wimbush and women’s basketball coach Maren Walseth!

0:00 – Greeting, Bison football
14:17 – Is Carson Wentz the MVP?
21:21 – Interview with Jaylaan Wimbush
30:08 – Embrace the FCS Playoffs Debate
37:08 – Women’s Basketball Coach Maren Walseth

October 18

JAYLAAN WIMBUSH AND EASTON STICK HEADLINE THE INAUGURAL MID-SEASON AWARD SHOW

Editor of Bison Illustrated Joe Kerlin is joined by host of the Bison Tailgate Show Brad Jones for the first annual Bison Illustrated Podcast Mid-Season Award Show.

The guys put to bed NDSU’s thrilling overtime win against Youngstown State and discuss who should win the 10 mid-season awards. Did they get it right? If not, let them know! You can tweet at @bisonmag or comment on Bison Illustrated’s Facebook Page who you believe should win the Mid-Season Awards.

Make sure you checkout Brad Jones every gameday on Bison 1660 three and a half hours before kickoff!

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October 11

IS EASTON STICK THE BEST QB IN THE FCS? BISON REPORT'S ROSS UGLEM JOINS THE GUYS TO DISCUSS

The guys are joined by Ross Uglem, Senior Editor of Bison Report, to discuss No. 2 North Dakota State’s 52-0 shellacking of Indiana State and the emergence of Easton Stick as one of the best passers in the FCS. With Swany and Joe both battling hurt through the podcast, Uglem helps pilot the ship, dissecting how the Bison offense has taken a different look with Stick’s explosive play under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. What concerns does Uglem have as the Bison head into a stretch of difficult games starting with Youngstown State, and why he thinks the Bison have the potential to ice the Penguins by a few touchdowns. The guys also talk about the best way to watch a game during wedding photos as Swany details his weekend wedding, and how the Bison vs. Penguins was only a play or two away from potentially hosting ESPN’s College GameDay.

October 5

NDSU AERIAL ATTACK DELIVERS AS DEFENSE DOMINATES AGAIN

Defenses around the FCS are on notice, the NDSU aerial attack should not be trifled with! The Bison turned in complete performances in all three phases of the game, including Easton Stick’s 15-of-21 passing effort, to cruise to a 38 – 11 win over Missouri Valley opponent Missouri State to start conference play. Swany and Joe recap the victory, the big day from NDSU’s passing game, and another lockdown performance by the best defense in the country that saw the return of the FCS’s top defensive player, Nick DeLuca. The victory wasn’t without setbacks, though, as the Bison lost Dan Marlette with a season-ending knee injury. The guys analyze the start of Valley play as Youngstown State flexed its muscles against South Dakota State, and South Dakota toppled Western Illinois, and preview this week’s matchup versus Indiana State. Stay in the know and be the smartest fan at your tailgater by hopping aboard the Bison Illustrated podcast train!

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

September 28

HOMECOMING WEEKEND KICKOFF & NON-CONFERENCE RECAP

Kickoff your Homecoming Weekend with the Bison Illustrated podcast! North Dakota State finished its non-conference portion of the schedule as the most dominant team in the FCS. Even better than James Madison? The Bison and Dukes come in at 1(a) and 1(b), but we dissect who’s on top. Swany, Joe, and regular contributor/great FCS mind Sam Herder recap the first month of action with the Bison set to open Missouri Valley Football Conference play this weekend in their homecoming game against Missouri State, and preview the upcoming meat grinder that is the Valley schedule. The guys talk about what has stood out to them as the Bison have outscored their first three opponents by a ridiculous 168-20 margin. Can the team keep that train rolling against the Bears, and with five conference teams rated in the FCS Top 10, which, if any of the MVFC teams will separate themselves from the pack. Swany shares his story of attending an NDSU Alumni Association watch party last weekend in Las Vegas, while Joe and Sam take us around the FCS. The guys even coined a stellar nickname for NDSU’s backfield trio of Dunn (best player in the FCS this year so far), Anderson, and Brooks that you won’t want to miss! It’s all here, and more, this week on the Bison Illustrated podcast!Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

September 21

MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN & FCS BANTER WITH JEFF CULHANE

So you think you know Bison Football and the FCS? Few people know the inside story of North Dakota State better than one of the actual “Insiders,” the “Voice of the Bison,” and co-host of “The Insiders” radio program on Bison 1660 AM, Jeff Culhane. Culhane joins Swany and Joe for a free-wheeling discussion on what it’s like to call games for one of the best teams in college athletics, dive into who will really challenge NDSU for the Missouri Valley crown, and is this the year a two-loss team wins the conference? Find out why Culhane, who came to Fargo after stops at the University of Nebraska and West Virginia University, was awake at 4:00 a.m. the morning NDSU beat the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium last fall, and where he came up with his signature call, “Horns up, Hawkeyes down!”

The Mitchell, S.D., native tells the Illustrated how he got his start in broadcasting, why he had a gut-feeling the game against Iowa would come down to the final drive, and how his call of the game-winning field goal was influenced by broadcasting legend Vin Scully, the longtime Hall of Fame announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Culhane and the guys preview the Missouri Valley Football Conference battle ahead, they also talk Bison hoops and who Culhane thinks will be an emerging standout on the hardcourt this winter. The trifecta tackles a cornucopia of topics, including marriage advice for Swany’s upcoming wedding, and why it’s never a good idea to spill chicken marinade before your fiancé tries on her wedding dress. Finally, the guys finish with a must-listen “Fire and Ice” breakdown of the HBO hit, Game of Thrones, and the related Bison Insiders weekly segment with friend of the podcast, Anish Shroff, the biggest GOT fan this side of Westeros, who is big into Bison football and the hottest show on TV. It’s audio you can only hear here this week on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

September 13

KOLPACK TALKS EARLY SEASON BISON SUCCESS

It was a “Horns Up” kind of weekend for the Bison. Fresh off a 40-13 statement win over Top 10-ranked Eastern Washington in the “Inferno” at Roos Field, North Dakota State enters its bye week with momentum as one of the hottest teams in the country, spearheaded by the No. 1 rushing attack in the FCS. Swany and Joe are joined by Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo Forum, the dean of local sports scribes, to dissect NDSU’s demolition of the Eagles and the early season dominance by the Herd. The guys discuss how the Bison are coming up roses on preseason questions like depth, the offensive line, and the passing game; and dig into other areas like the emergence of the 2014 recruiting class, the strength of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and the Top 25 FCS rankings.

Kolpack, the author of “Horns Up: Inside the Greatest College Football Dynasty,” also takes listeners behind the curtains of the Bison Media Zone, the popular interactive “all things Bison” website he runs with Dom Izzo, the Sports Director of WDAY Sports (with cameos by Eric “Big E” Peterson). Kolpack describes the evolution of the blog, how they put it together, and an NDSU media presence that rivals big-time FBS programs. And, of course, the guys recap former Bison Carson Wentz’s big Week 1 performance against Washington in a big NFC East matchup. It’s all here, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

September 6

NDSU VS EWU SHOWDOWN

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times! Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic as North Dakota State exploded for several offensive records en route to a 72-7 thrashing of Mississippi Valley State in the season opener at the Fargodome. Swany and Joe recap the Week 1 action, which was headlined by the punishing Bison ground attack, an efficient big-play passing game, smothering defense, and, unfortunately, more season-ending injuries for NDSU. The guys are joined by regular guest and great FCS mind, Sam Herder, the content strategist for Spotlight Media and Hero Sports columnist. The trifecta previews this week’s Top 10 showdown against perennial FCS contender Eastern Washington and discuss the year’s inaugural edition of Herder’s Power 8 FCS rankings, which features a bevy of Missouri Valley Football Conference teams. It’s all here, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

August 31

BISON HOME OPENER WITH BRIAN SHAWN

Grab your favorite yellow Bison shirt, crank up the Thunderstruck, fire up the grills, and buy plenty of ice for the coolers because the kickoff to the 2017 North Dakota State football season is finally here! The perfect audio to start your tailgater this Saturday morning, the guys preview NDSU’s season opener against Mississippi Valley State with Brian Shawn, the play-by-play announcer for the North Dakota NBC Network, the television home of Bison Football. An award-winning sports journalist, Shawn joined Midco Sports Network in 2016, and has been calling Bison football and basketball games since 2012. The guys take an in-depth look at NDSU’s non-conference schedule, the two-deep depth chart, players expected to make a big impact this fall, and how the offense will look under first year offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham. A native of Bloomington, MN, Shawn takes listeners inside the broadcast booth atop the Fargodome and around the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and shares a few stories of what it’s like to call games for the most successful program in the FCS.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joejoekerlin

August 18

FCS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

The guys kick things off with their FCS Football Preview. Who is the favorite to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference, which five MVFC teams will make the playoffs, and will North Dakota State make a return trip to Frisco, Texas to reclaim its championship belt?

With only days remaining until the start of a brand new college football season, an amped up Swany is joined by guest host and brilliant FCS mind Sam Herder to discuss the cornucopia of goodness that awaits. Herder, the Content Strategist for Spotlight Media and writer for HERO Sports, has covered NDSU, the Missouri Valley Football Conference, and FCS for The Spectrum, HERO Sports, and Bison Illustrated. The guys preview the season, the Missouri Valley vs. Big Sky Football Challenge, early season matchups to keep an eye on, and what teams have a legitimate shot to finish the year next January at Toyota Stadium. Everyone up for the kickoff, the podcast is on!

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

August 10

COLTEN HEAGLE TALKS INJURY BUG

Former All-American strong safety and Bison great Colten Heagle joins Swany and Joe for a freewheeling conversation on everything from winning four national championships, what it’s like to deal with a season-ending knee injury, and the role strong leadership plays within North Dakota State’s high-performing culture.

With Bison defensive end and All-American Greg Menard going down over the weekend with a season-ending knee injury, Heagle provides a unique perspective on how the Bison deal with injuries and what “next man up” really means.

The Appleton, Wisconsin native, who now works at Choice Financial in Fargo, also offers a “hot take” on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen’s recent claim that it’s impossible to be a serious student and a college athlete at the same time, and offers his thoughts on the best Bison defense of all-time.

Colten and the guys round out their discussion by talking about the Bison Football Players Association and the cool things former NDSU football players are doing to stay connected.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

August 4

NORTH DAKOTA STATE FOOTBALL IS BACK

Bison Football is in the air with North Dakota State opening fall camp this week. Swany & Joe discuss the key themes heading into Bison fall camp and the 2017 season, including a new offensive coordinator, a defense that’s absolutely loaded, and how NDSU has the pieces in place for another championship run. The guys also dive into the August issue of Bison Illustrated magazine, which features Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former Bison Carson Wentz. The magazine includes a guest column by long-time NFL contributor to ESPN, Sal Paolantonio, where he interviewed Super Bowl winning head coach Dick Vermeil, and ESPN’s quarterback guru, Ron Jaworski, and got their take on one of the best young stars in the game. Fire up the grills, fill the coolers, and get ready, because football season is upon us!

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

July 28

ESPN PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR ANISH SHROFF

ESPN play-by-play commentator Anish Shroff has covered North Dakota State football games in the FCS playoffs since 2013. Shroff, who also covers basketball, baseball, and lacrosse, has enjoyed a front row seat for the Bison’s dominance of the FCS and joins Swany and Joe for an in-depth discussion on NDSU football and the unique Bison culture. The guys talk about NDSU’s place in the college football landscape and how they were able to achieve a historic five straight national championships. Shroff also discusses his trips to Fargo, his insight on the community, and how sports can be a tool to bring people together. A 2004 graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Shroff was in Fargo speaking at a TEDx Conference and shares a message that goes beyond sports.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

July 21

TAYLOR BRAUN AND EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL

Swany and Joe are joined by Taylor Braun, the former Bison hoops standout and 2014 Summit League Player of the Year. Braun helped lead NDSU to the NCAA Tournament and an unforgettable win over the University of Oklahoma in March Madness. Braun concluded his NDSU career ranked among the school’s all-time top 10 in nine different statistical categories. After spending the first three years of his professional career in Belgium and Germany, Braun discusses where he might end up next, the international game, playing overseas, the Bison culture, and what Saul Phillips is really like behind closed doors.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

July 12

FANS ASK QUESTIONS AND THE FINANCIAL STATE OF NDSU ATHLETICS

As the football season draws near, Swany and Joe discuss some of the most frequently asked questions from Bison fans, including whether the program will make the leap from the Division I FCS level to the FBS. The guys go through the numbers of how NDSU’s athletic budget compares to programs like Boise State, Wyoming, James Madison, Minnesota, and Kansas State, and finish with a detailed conversation on how NDSU’s success on the athletic field benefits the university, community, and entire region.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

June 27

TYLER ROEHL TALKS CAMPS AND RECRUITING

Fresh off one of the best recruiting weeks in North Dakota State history, Tyler Roehl, the tight ends and fullback coach for North Dakota State, and director of NDSU Football Camps, joins the guys to talk all things Bison. Roehl takes listeners up close to what it’s like at football camp, what the Bison look for in recruiting prospective members of the Herd, and how NDSU has built and sustained its championship culture. Roehl is a product of West Fargo High School and one of the standout running backs in Bison history.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

June 22

JUSTIN SWANSON AND THE ALL-FARGODOME TEAM VOTING HEATS UP

Bison Game Day is recognized as one of the best atmospheres in college athletics. Justin Swanson, NDSU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Fan Engagement, joins the podcast to talk about what goes into producing the event. The guys also debate who are the best running backs and quarterbacks of the Division I era. Brent Tehven from Herd & Horns stops by to talk about a big-time Bison event coming up this fall.

Don’t forget to send the guys questions!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

June 15

THE GREATEST GAMES IN FARGODOME HISTORY

Entering its 25th season of hosting NDSU football, what is the greatest game in Fargodome history? From the obvious, like “Georgia Southern II” in 2012 and the intense showdowns against UNI and SDSU, to an epic quarterback duel and a series of firsts, relive some of the greatest moments in Dome history as Swany and Joe dissect the classics.

Did the guys miss a game? Let them know!

Swany: twitter.com/Swany8

Joe: twitter.com/joebisonmag

June 7

Welcome to the Show

Swany and Joe talk about the latest issue of Bison Illustrated and volley stories of Bison Pride back and forth. The conversation begins with a discussion about the cover subject Rocky Hager. Rocky was the NDSU football head coach for 10 years and won two Division II National Championships. He also made Swany a ball boy in the 1990s. The guys dive deeper into the mag later in the pod, complementing the content with their own stories about Bison Pride.

ReminderBison Illustrated wants your participation in the July issue of the magazine. Have questions for Director of Athletics Matt Larsen? Send them to us through this link: https://spotlightmedia.typeform.com/to/p8O75y

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