Three Keys to JMU Football’s Game vs. North Dakota – JMU Sports News

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By Bennett Conlin

JMU football hosts a team from North Dakota this weekend. While it’s not the Bison (maybe next week?), the Fighting Hawks should excite JMU fans.

This game has a chance to be a battle. UND defeated top-seeded South Dakota State earlier this year. It blew out Missouri State to open its postseason. The team was considered one of, if not the best, teams in the country earlier this spring.

When UND plays well, it can beat anyone.

JMU enters Sunday night’s showdown off a 31-24 win over VMI. The game was competitive, but it wasn’t quite as close as the final score indicates. The Dukes led by double digits from almost the entire final 40 minutes of the game.

VMI is a solid team, but there’s no debating North Dakota is a tougher test. Here are three keys to this weekend’s FCS quarterfinal matchup.

Turnovers/special teams plays

North Dakota doesn’t make a ton of mistakes. The…

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