Northwestern State will have played two games before the Demons take on UND a week from Saturday in Natchitoches, La.
Houston, a Conference USA program, beat Northwestern 55-7 last Saturday. Northwestern received $300,000 for the game.
Northwestern plays at Grambling this Saturday and at Baylor a week after the UND game. That's a pretty demanding schedule for a first-year coach to inherit. Bradley Dale Peveto, a former LSU assistant, took over the Northwestern program earlier this year.
In its game at Houston, 16 transfers were on the Northwestern State travel squad.
One interesting note is that Northwestern played a true freshman - Paul Harris - at quarterback during its game at Houston. Although he didn't start, Harris is expected to play again this week against Grambling. A story on the Northwestern quarterback can be found here: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20090910/SPORTS/909100304/1001
A couple of other notes from upcoming UND opponents:
- Central Arkansas, ranked No. 13 in this week's FCS Top 25 poll, lost 25-20 at Hawaii last week.
- Cal Poly, ranked No. 12, opens the season Saturday against Sacramento State before hitting the road for FBS games at Ohio and San Jose State. Cal Poly will be at UND on Oct. 31.
- UC Davis lost 52-0 at Fresno State last Saturday. UND will be at UC Davis on Nov. 14 and the Sioux will open the 2011 season at Fresno.
- Hofstra beat Stony Brook 17-10, the winning points coming when a Hofstra offensive lineman fell on a fumble in the Stony Brook end zone. Stony Brook, where Twins' closer Joe Nathan is a member of the school's athletic department hall of fame, will be UND's opponent in the Potato Bowl on Oct. 10.