What will it take for UND to beat No. 18 Cal Poly on Saturday in the Alerus Center.
For starters, the Sioux have to hang on to the ball. In its last two games, UND is a minus-5 in the turnover ratio. In its first five games, the Sioux were a plus-6.
No question, UND's offense is in a rut. I'm guessing there will be a few different looks from UND's offense against Cal Poly. But there likely won't be any major changes. Backup quarterback Brent Goska will take a few reps against the Mustangs.
Goska's running, which was impressive last week at Southern Utah, and Jake Landry's passing could help lead UND out of its offensive rut.
A big defensive key is to stop Cal Poly early. The last two weeks, UND opponents have scored on their first possession - putting the Sioux on their heels.
Cal Poly, arguably, is the best team to play in the Alerus Center since it opened in 2001.
So how many Sioux fans will turn out to see the game? It's Halloween and the Sioux have lost two in a row.
UND fans have been spoiled in the Alerus, where the Sioux are usually a heavy favorite to win. But those days are coming to an end.
Over the next few years, the Sioux will see more and more teams with talent, speed and depth come to the Alerus Center.
It will be interesting to see if UND fans will stick with the Sioux as they continue to make their transition to full D-I FCS status.
Saturday's game could be the first indication of what Sioux fans think about playing at a higher level.