It's really hard to tell how good Oregon will be to start the season. When NDSU played and beat K-State in 2013 the Wildcats were breaking in a new QB following Colin Klein graduating. That was a huge boost to the Bison's chances imo. Ultimately, once the QB situation was settled K-State would prove to be a fringe Top 25 team. It appears that expectations are still going to be quite high in Eugene because of their defense and the fact the PAC 12 simply doesn't have much quality at the top. The Washington schools will have new coaches, Helton is back at USC, Edwards will be up and down at ASU, UCLA has the Chipster and Stanford has finally come back to earth.

I absolutely think NDSU can win but the odds are in the Ducks favor imo. I'll say the Bison lose a close one but it really doesn't matter as they easily win another title.

If NDSU beats Oregon they should forgo the 2020 playoffs and go to a bowl. IIRC, there were steps taken to get Alcorn State and Steve McNair in a bowl in 1994. 26 years later it finally happens....