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(STATS) -- Itd be easy to keep listing accolades involving the two opponents in Saturdays biggest FCS showdown:- North Dakota States top-ranked FCS dynasty hosting a No. Cheap Seattle Seahawks Jerseys . 8 Eastern Washington squad that just took down a Pac-12 opponent.- The two most recent national championship programs -- EWU in 2010 and NDSU the last five seasons.- NDSU facing the only program to hand it a loss in its FCS playoff history (a 22-1 record).- The most dominating defense in the FCS (NDSU) trying to stop a wide receiver (EWU senior Cooper Kupp) who is on pace to being the most dominant wideout ever in the subdivision.Oh, did we mention Big Sky versus Missouri Valley in an intersectional matchup that some FCS power programs never get close to playing in the regular season?Saturday at the Fargodome, it will be that and much more in one of the most anticipated games of the season.Weve got obviously the premier program at our level, and were playing them at their place, Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said, so its been a fun week already to prepare for that challenge. And it will definitely be that -- a challenge come Saturday.In the only previous meeting, EWU slipped past NDSU 38-31 in overtime in the 2010 national quarterfinals in Cheney, Washington. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell led the Eagles to two more wins and the national title, then the Bison started their unprecedented dominance the next season. Theyve gone 72-5 since 2011.A case can be made that NDSU and EWU have the toughest non-conference schedules in the FCS this season, and both started with wins. The Bison edged No. 7 Charleston Southern 24-17 in overtime in the FCS Kickoff on Aug. 27 and the Eagles flew past Washington State 45-42 last Saturday, when Kupp left yet another Pac-12 defense in his wake with 12 receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns.Kupps final touchdown reception was the 59th of his career, setting the FCS record. He will likely surpass 5,000 career yards against the Bison, and his 4,970 are only 280 from the all-time record. His 323 career receptions are 72 from the standard.Hes as good as anybody, NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. Different because hes going to be in the slot a fair amount; theyre going to work him outside. You know (against Washington State), he played some quarterback, they gave it to him on the jet sweep. Just a phenomenal football player that is really fun to watch. Not excited about defending him, but what a great challenge for our defense that you have the most prolific receiver in FCS history coming into Gate City Field.Eastern Washington, which had won four of the five Big Sky titles before going 6-5 a year ago, may be even better than advertised because redshirt sophomore quarterback Gage Gabrud settled in quickly in his first career start. He set the school record for total yards (551) and had six total touchdowns.Add in that NDSU has two first-year starters at cornerback in sophomores Jalen Allison and Jaylaan Wimbush, and Gabrud figures to spread the wealth to Kupp and two other highly productive wide receivers, Shaq Hill and Kendrick Bourne.NDSU will counter with a lot of nickel coverage in the secondary. Middle linebacker Nick DeLuca is expected to return from a left shoulder separation to help make the defense complete again.The challenge we have is there are so many other weapons around (Kupp) that are so good and if you just try to take away one guy ... for starters, its hard to do anyway, Klieman said. Were just going to try to contain him a little bit, and thats going to be difficult in itself. But they have so many other weapons that can beat you.EWU and NDSU are helping to put their conferences in the spotlight Saturday as the biggest of four games between Big Sky and Missouri Valley teams. Two of the other games come from within the STATS FCS Top 25 -- No. 14 Montana at No. 3 Northern Iowa and No. 19 Northern Arizona at No. 18 Western Illinois.But EWU-NDSU says it all, filled with the most subplots and national ramifications. Theyll meet again at EWU on Sept. 16, 2017.I like playing these games also, Baldwin said, just because I think it does well for just our whole FCS nationally. Just like Montana playing them last year, we played Sam Houston (State in 2013 and 14). Those early games, being involved in these big-time non-conference games ... I think it helps our level of football from a national standpoint and I think it makes people realize, Man, theres something more here than we may have thought. Cheap Jerseys From China . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. Cheap Case Keenum Jersey . 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On Tuesday morning, a day after the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they were buying two esports teams, Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis announced they were forming aXiomatic and would be the new owners of esports franchise Team Liquid, which employs more than 50 players on teams in 10 esports disciplines.Investors in the deal include big names in sports, entertainment and business including Magic Johnson and Lon Rosen, Tony Robbins and Steve Case.We sat down with Guber and Leonsis hours after the announcement to talk about their deal, and why they made the leap.Darren: When did you guys start to understand that you wanted to get into the esports space?Guber: Ted and I are in the audience business, and what we saw was a huge audience in the amount of people that were watching esports, playing esports and buying the accoutrements. It wasnt too difficult to realize that this was a real opportunity. Ted had already invested in these types of things, and so we got together at the NBA Tech Summit to aggressively pursue this.Leonsis: AOL was actually founded as Quantum Computer Corporation, and its mission was to connect power Atari users. Im not joking. So when I sold my company to AOL in 1992, 1993, what they had was the biggest network of power Atari users. Over the years, I starting investing in this area. I bought a company called World Play from AT&T and a company called Ubique that could put graphics and sponsorships in games. And then Im a dad of a son who is heavy into gaming. On a recent vacation, my wife was reading magazines, I was reading a book, my sons fiancée was reading business reports and my 28-year-old son was destroying aliens.Darren: It seems like there are people who are into esports and then there are people who dont get it and dont care to get it.Leonsis: Ive come to understand that esports can reach a large swath of people from 7 to 35 years old. But it also can be a generational thing. When I was a kid, I would go upstairs, and my parents were watching The Lawrence Welk Show. I would watch that for two minutes and then go listen to the Beatles, and my mom would want to know who this Mickey Jagger I was listening to.Darren: There seems to be a bit of a risk in investing in this space, in that its just not well established at this point, and the rules arent completely fleshed out. Why did you decide it was right to get in?Guber: The biggest risk is taking no risk. Cheap Indianapolis Colts Jerseys. The bottom line is these are not the cord cutters we are dealing with. They are the cord neverers. And the opportunity this presents for us in the enterprise business and the sports entertainment business is to use this space to interact with these people. So maybe theres some anxiety about the Wild-West nature of it, but then theres some comfort in knowing you have experience in owning venues and teams in various leagues, that we have the knowledge of best practices and that language still works in this world. Its just impossible to impossible this space.Leonsis: Theres that famous line, No one knows nothing about everything. So the idea was to get going and get a really eclectic group of smart people together and for us to put our light touch on this with people who have a lot of influence. And hopefully with that, help to uplift the game, which then could lead to a better revenue model, which leads to players get paid more. The business is still so untapped from a merchandising and licensing standpoint, even from a training standpoint. At least with this, we get a seat at the table early on in a world where kids are getting their first iPads at three and their first iPhones at 6 and 7.Darren: When I tweet out esports news, I get tons of responses slamming esports: how its not real, its a joke, its for losers. I can go on and on. Why do you feel like those who arent engaged in it express such negativity about it?Guber: Its called FEAR -- False Evidence Appearing Real. They are doing it because instead of being curious, they are being critical. Why wouldnt a guy like Ted Leonsis take a shot at something like this? The truth is, its not even that early in the life cycle. Not only is the horse out of the barn here, esports is running in the Kentucky Derby.Darren: What does it do that all these people from mainstream sports are coming over to esports?Leonsis: I think it gives esports more of a mainstream legitimacy. There are talented people in this industry, and we will learn from them, and they will learn from us. 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