South Dakota State vs North Dakota State

South Dakota State vs North Dakota State: North Dakota State has been the more successful side in its rivalry with South Dakota State of late, with its most-recent victory coming in September in Fargo, North Dakota. It’s been a good decision for Marlette, as he’s earned three national championship rings, counting his redshirt season.

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College Football Match Info
Event: FCS Semifinal 2018
Team: South Dakota State vs North Dakota State
Date: Friday, December 14, 2018
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET


Dan Marlette almost came to South Dakota State. A standout linebacker at Washington High School and younger brother of former Argus Leader Elite 45 captain and USD Coyotes linebacker Tim Marlette, Dan instead chose to continue a steady pipeline of South Dakota prep stars to contribute to the Bison dynasty, choosing North Dakota State like former Warrior standouts Austin Kuhnert and Trevor Gebhart before him, as well as Roosevelt alums Ryan Jastram and Preston Evans and O’Gorman’s Mike Hardie.

He’s hoping to pick up No. 4 this year, and will be in the starting lineup at linebacker for the Bison when they host the Jackrabbits on Friday in the FCS semifinals at the Fargodome on ESPN2. After spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a reserve linebacker for the Bison, Marlette was starting to break through last year, earning two starts before he suffered a season-ending injury four games in.

This year he’s come back strong and asserted himself as a key member of NDSU’s Code Green defense. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has started all 13 games for the Bison and ranks third on the team with 75 tackles to go with a sack and a fumble return for a touchdown.

He’ll be one of the men tasked this week with slowing down SDSU’s high-powered offense, which is centered around quarterback Taryn Christion, whom Marlette battled in high school.

The former Elite 45 selection and state champion talked this week about one last rivalry tilt with the Jacks and how his team will handle playing for Coach Chris Klieman, who will leave to take over Kansas State after the season.

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