Timing is everything. Most people will say that this is the time to jump up and get NDSU, it is early and they struggled last year against K State. The NDSU of 2013, was quite dominant and capped the season with a 3rd consecutive FCS title. I say this is the worst time to to play a plodding NDSU.
ISU brought in Mark Mangino. That is a great move. They have Sam Richardson at QB. He is experienced. I am not sold on him running the offense. I also am not sold on ISU picking up the Mangino offense in year one. They will probably start hitting a stride around week 7 or 8, but I cannot see them hitting the ground running. I see Sam struggling to hit open receivers with NDSU putting 9 in the box.
Now, if this game was in November, I truly feel ISU would win in a fashion similar to 2009. They just had too much talent in that one. It's August, so I cannot see it happening. If this was a video game, ISU would win now... they have more talent overall, but I do not think it will be maximized at this stage of the season. Too many moving pieces for ISU. The O Line and D Line I am not sold on, the offense will sputter at first and the Bison will control the tempo and the game.