Bison Illustrated Podcast



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.


  • Ep. 153: The FCS Landscape & NDSU's Early Fall Outlook

    25/05/2021 Duración: 01h04min

    In a spring season filled with ups-and-downs, the FCS crowned a new champ in Sam Houston. The Bearkats earned it by going through North Dakota State, James Madison, and South Dakota State. With that said, did we learn anything about the FCS landscape this fall with the unprecedented spring season. Swany and Nolan are joined by the newest member of the podcast team, Brady Drake (B-Drake), to discuss. Swany and Nolan see things quite differently as to the NDSU QB situation, and its impact on the fall. B-Drake with some dynamite insight on the Bison roster as a whole, and comments on the transfer portal. It's back to business, this week, where champions come to talk!

  • Ep. 152: Big things in store: North Dakota State has bright future headed into this fall

    08/05/2021 Duración: 46min

    Despite a bevy of injuries, departures for the NFL Draft, and a key starter leaving for the transfer portal, North Dakota State was one play away from advancing to this year's FCS semifinals. With 23 freshmen and sophomores on the two-deep depth chart, the Herd fell agonizingly short at Sam Houston, 24-20. “Our young guys are our depth. It’s been a good thing, there have been growing pains at times, but it will all payoff in the long run,” said NDSU coach Matt Entz following a 42-20 playoff win against Eastern Washington. Swany is joined by the Bison Report's Ross Uglem to recap this spring, and talk about an awfully good football team coming back with big things in store this fall.

  • Ep. 151: Did someone say Boat Race? High-powered Bison offense heads to Sam Houston State

    27/04/2021 Duración: 01h13min

    Stop me if you've Herd this one before. North Dakota State enters a big playoff game against Sam Houston State and the Bison offense imposes its will and physicality on the Bearkats. Will it be more of the same this Sunday in Huntsville in the FCS Quarterfinals, or is this year's version of SHSU different? With a roster loaded with young talent, the Herd seemingly found its footing and some momentum with an impressive 42-20 win over Eastern Washington. The question is, can NDSU build off last week's performance. Swany Says yes, it's boat racing time! Nolan expects a closer fight. We close with some NFL Draft talk, and what it means for NDSU to have Trey Lance, Dillon Radunz, and Jabil Cox be high round picks. It's Bison Pride, coast to coast, this week, where champions come to talk!

  • Ep. 150: Hindsight is 42-20, NDSU bulldozes Eastern Washington

    25/04/2021 Duración: 46min

    Relive North Dakota State's dominating FCS playoff win over Eastern Washington. We told you Saturday morning on Herd It Hear with Swany, in a passionate sermon, to keep the faith. We told you that NDSU would own the line of scrimmage. The Rams plowed the road as the Herd rushed 57 times for 422 yards, scoring the final 35 points of the contest. Code Green held the high-powered Eagles attack to only 64 yards in the second half. Former Bison All-American safety James Hendricks joined the show, telling us the keys defensively to keeping Barriere in check. He was right. Hear pregame sound from NDSU coach Matt Entz, EWU coach Aaron Best, and Bison quarterback Cam Miller. The Bison advance to play Sam Houston State next Sunday, May 2, on ESPN at 2:00 p.m.

  • Ep. 149: Dakota Marker for MVFC title (that doesn't mean you, Missouri State)

    15/04/2021 Duración: 01h20min

    To paraphrase the great Vince Lombardi, what the hell is going on here? Welcome to the Missouri Valley, where everyone can crown themselves champs! UND and Missouri State are showering themselves with make believe titles after falling by a combined 59-13 to North Dakota State, while not playing in the league's closing week. For their part, UND hasn't won a game since March 13, but coasts into the playoffs with a 4-1 mark. Don't blame the schools, blame the Valley and NCAA for not planning for this. Does any of that matter, though? The real MVFC title will be played in Fargo this weekend between the Bison and Jacks in another epic bout for the Dakota Marker. Swany and Nolan talk about how SDSU's month long layoff impacts the game, and whether NDSU playing last week gives them an advantage. Swany goes all Paul Harvey, sharing some unknown --- and hilarious --- stories about the Dakota Marker, its inception, and some crazy early Dakota Marker games in Brookings. Prepare to be entertained, this week, where true c

  • Ep. 148: Special Bison Thundering Herdcast, Bison Back In Action at Northern Iowa!

    10/04/2021 Duración: 47min

    For the first time in three weeks, North Dakota State has a football game. Tied atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference with three other teams, the Herd takes on Northern Iowa in a marquee matchup in a game with major consequences on their quest for a tenth straight conference title. The Herd does so with a lot of outside noise and potential distractions, from the transfer portal to an unprecedented spring season. For the Bison to come out of Cedar Falls with a win, they'll need to protect the football, pick-up offensively where they left off on March 20 against the University of North Dakota, and quickly shake off any rust from the three week layoff. Swany is joined by 740 The Fan's Chase Miller to discuss how the transfer portal will change the landscape of college football, and the guys discuss how field position and special teams will play a big role against the Panthers. Dig in with the big spoons, because it's Bison Game Day on Herd It Hear with Swany!

  • Ep. 147: WDAY's Dom Izzo talks FCS spring season, the transfer portal, and FBS

    07/04/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    Dom Izzo, from WDAY TV, joins the podcast as our special guest. Dom has had a front row seat as one of the trusted voices and fan favorites covering every major happening in the area sports scene, including North Dakota State, for over a decade. Swany and Nolan ask Dom about everything from the state of the FCS spring season, the transfer portal changing the landscape of college football and hoops going forward, where Trey Lance goes in the NFL Draft, and why the FBS makes sense for NDSU. Prepare to have some knowledge dropped on you, this week, where champions come to podcast!

  • Ep. 146: To play, or not to play, should the spring FCS season continue?

    31/03/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    For the second straight week, North Dakota State had to postpone or cancel a football game because of Covid-19. The rest of the FCS is also feeling Covid-19's impact as other programs are losing games, or pulling the plug on their spring season all together. There's a heated debate from the media and fans alike whether the spring season should continue. Swany and Nolan discuss the very fluid situation. The takeaway? There are no easy answers - not yet, anyway. We tell you why the FCS isn't at the point that it should cancel the playoffs, but it's getting dangerously close. We wrap by talking about Oral Roberts run to the Sweet 16 and what it means for NDSU and the rest of the Summit League. To play, or not to play, this week, where champions come to talk!

  • Ep. 145: Special Bonus Thundering Herdcast, Don't Mess with the Bison.

    27/03/2021 Duración: 47min

    On this special bonus podcast from Herd It Hear With Swany on 740AM The Fan, we've got more Bison talk. The doom and gloom talk talk from a month ago has been replaced by a new sense of doom and gloom throughout the FCS. Maybe it was a bad idea to poke a Herd of Bison. North Dakota State (5-1) gloriously romped the University of North Dakota, dominating all three phases of the game in a 34-13 victory. Behind the rams and a devastating ground attack, the Herd piled up 316 rushing yards on 54 carries, including three touchdowns. This weekend, the Bison look to take that next step against the University of South Dakota in a key Missouri Valley Football Conference road game. Under the banner "Right Now Means Everything," the Herd are a motivated football team on a mission. We told you it was a mistake to doubt this team. Swany is joined by Chase Miller from 740AM The Fan, and the guys talk about today's matchup against the Coyotes.

  • Ep. 144: Does the Forum's Mike McFeely think NDSU will get back to Frisco?

    24/03/2021 Duración: 01h13min

    Mike McFeely is one of the deans of local and regional media. He's covered everything from North Dakota State to national political campaigns. He stops by the podcast to take questions from Bison fans on everything from a potential FBS move and NDSU's spring football season to the perception from some Bison fans that he "hates NDSU." We ask Mike whether he thinks the Bison will get back to Frisco this spring. His answer might surprise you, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

  • Ep. 143: North Dakota State & March Madness

    09/03/2021 Duración: 01h10min

    What a great week to be a Bison! The North Dakota State men are playing in their third straight Summit League Tournament championship game with a spot in March Madness at stake. We tell you how the Bison got there, and what to look for in the title game against Oral Roberts. The Bison Football team returned to its winning ways with a 25-0 shutdown win against Missouri State. The Herd looks to keep things rolling this weekend against Illinois State. And as if that wasn't enough, Trey Lance, Dillon Radunz, and Marquise Bridges will be competing in front of 27 NFL teams at this Friday's Bison Pro Day at the Fargodome. Let's cut down some nets, this week, where champions come to talk!

  • Ep. 142: NDSU looks for bounce back at Missouri State & Summit League Tourney Preview

    02/03/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    North Dakota State suffered its first loss since 2017 as Southern Illinois ended the Herd's 39-game win streak. Was it just a bad day for the Bison, or signs of something deeper? While the game was about as far from pretty as its gets, Swany and Nolan say one bad day does not a season make. While we'll leave the X's and O's to the coaches, NDSU needs to come out with some fire against Missouri State. The Bison hoops teams head to Sioux Falls for the Summit League Tournament, where David Richman and his guys look to notch a three-peat, and the women look to advance deep into the tourney. It's the start of March Madness, this week, where champions come to talk!

  • Ep. 141: Wentz to Indy & Bison vs. Youngstown State preview

    19/02/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    Carson Wentz will be wearing the blue and white of the Indianapolis Colts. Swany and Nolan tell you why the Colts are instantly a strong contender in the AFC to make a Super Bowl run with the former North Dakota State signal caller. Speaking of quarterbacks, Zeb Noland will make his Bison debut this Sunday against Youngstown State. Swany doesn't expect the Bison will dial it back or play conservative. He expects the Herd to let it rip! Nolan breaks down the Code Green defense and new faces that will emerge. We wrap up with some Summit League hoops talk as both the Bison men and women control their own destiny for a top seed at the Summit League Tourney! It's a stampede of Bison goodness, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

  • Ep. 140: Bison set to kickoff February football

    12/02/2021 Duración: 55min

    Everybody up for the kickoff, the march is on! North Dakota State sets its sights on its 10th straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title, and 9th National Title in 10 years, when it opens the winter/spring season against Youngstown State. Swany and Nolan talk about the big storylines headed into February football. Swany Says he'll be watching the NDSU offensive line. Nolan thinks the Herd will be solid in the trenches. The guys talk about a new starting QB, Zeb Noland, and the weapons in the Bison offense, and how opposing teams may look to attack Code Green, the vaunted Bison defense. Finally, the guys give their take on the Summit League race, including a men's field where either of four teams (NDSU, SDSU, USD, or ORU) could cut down the nets in March. Turn up the heaters, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

  • Episode 139: The Road to the NFL Draft Comes Through Fargo

    03/02/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    On this week's Bison Illustrated Podcast brought to you by Scheels, it's heavy Bison Football talk. The good folks at the Reese's Senior Bowl like to say, "The Road to the [NFL] Draft Starts in Mobile." Last week, in Mobile, we learned the Road to the Draft is coming to Fargo after North Dakota State football alums Dillon Radunz and Jabril Cox notched impressive performances that skyrocketed their draft stock faster than Game Stop. Add in a potential Top 5 pick in former Bison QB Trey Lance, NDSU could have three players taken in the Top 40 draft picks. Swany and Nolan talk about what the means for the program and community. The guys also discuss Bison hoops as the men and women are coming off splits in Kansas City, setting up a huge weekend home series against Oral Roberts that will go a long ways in the conference standings. Finally, we wrap with an update on Carson Wentz, and how the Philadelphia Eagles need to firmly commit to their franchise QB. All that, and a whole lot more, this week, where champions

  • Ep. 138: Bison hoops hits midway point in Summit, NDSU football around the bend

    25/01/2021 Duración: 01h07min

    Swany and Nolan discuss former NDSU great Joe Haeg's Tampa Bay Buccaneers advancing to the Super Bowl. The guys recap another big weekend for Bison hoops as the men swept Denver, and the women had a convincing bounce back victory on Saturday night. Both teams find themselves in contention for the Summit League's top spot midway through league play. With football just around the corner, and several FCS stalwarts like Montana and Montana State opting out of the spring season, we tell you what that could mean. Tune in and turn up the guys that always go for it on fourth down, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast.

  • Ep. 137: Back from Covid, we talk Bison hoops owning the Summit League

    15/01/2021 Duración: 01h02min

    Just as we were heating up, covid intervened and sidelined Swany for a few weeks. But we're back, covid free, and ready to sling some truth! So here it is ... North Dakota State hoops is, through the early conference slate, owning the Summit. While there are plenty of games left to go, Dave Richman's team isn't showing any signs of a rebuild, and Jory Collins squad is coming up on the Rushmore monsters faster than a stampede. The guys break it down, and talk about a common theme for both programs --- balance. On any given night, it's a different Bison leading the way, which makes the Herd very dangerous. It's a hoops haven, and we wrap with some football talk, this week, where champions come to talk, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

  • Ep. 136: It's The Gift That Keeps On Giving, Clark. The Bison Illustrated Podcast Christmas Special

    23/12/2020 Duración: 01h13s

    It's the Bison Illustrated Christmas Extravaganza! We bring you all kinds of glorious North Dakota State talk that will have you smiling holiday cheer ear-to-ear. The Bison women are back, in a big way, with a Power 5 win against the Kansas Jayhawks. We talk about their bright future. Swany & Nolan then talk about how the Bison men are coming into form as they head into a Power 5 matchup of their own against TCU. Reaching deep into Santa's Sleigh, the guys recap the Herd's big recruiting week with talent that could compete for a Mountain West crown (Hey, San Jose State just won that league). If the Mountain West sent NDSU a note saying, "Do you like me? Check 'Yes,' 'No,' or 'Maybe,'" what box would you check Bison Nation? Throw on another Yule log, fill the Egg Nog, and listen to the gift that keeps on giving, Clark! Here, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

  • Ep. 135: North Dakota State flexes recruiting muscles, beats a frosty Nebraska for big-time QB

    16/12/2020 Duración: 01h20min

    North Dakota State beats another Power 5 program for a big-time recruit. So what else is new? Bison Football inked a high caliber recruiting class to keep the Championship Train on the tracks. The Herd invaded the Cornhusker State and bested Scott Frost for a QB stud from Omaha. Swany Says that NDSU has been a better football team than Nebraska for a decade. The guys talk about a nice weekend in Sioux Falls for Bison hoops, and the Bison women getting votes in the Top 25. Swany and Nolan wrap the bow on this present by discussing the momentum building around NDSU moving to FBS. All that, and chestnuts roasting above the open fire --- just watch out for SDSU's nut slapping Noah Freidel --- on this week's podcast.

  • Ep. 134: Bison hoops with big week; Wentz and Eagles talk

    08/12/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    After a fall devoid of North Dakota State sports talk, the Herd is back in a big way. The Bison women are off to a scorching 3-0 start under Jory Collins, and deserve to be rated in the Mid-Major Top 25. The Bison men nearly upset college hoops blue blood Kansas, falling agonizingly short at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. The Herd takes on rivals South Dakota State and North Dakota this week in Sioux Falls in a round robin featuring all four D-I Dakota schools. Swany and Nolan cap this episode by discussing a national football media that, writ large, are seemingly taking delight in Carson Wentz's tough year after the Eagles pulled North Dakota's favorite son from their Sunday game against the Packers. Swany tells you why he thinks Wentz will rebound from this, and make the experts eat their words down the road. It's the Festivus Airing of Grievances, this week, on the Bison Illustrated Podcast!

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