North Dakota State vs. Illinois State: start time, TV, how to watch FCS spring football

North Dakota State bounced back from its streak-breaking loss with a dominant showing and will look to start another streak this weekend as the Bison take on Illinois State. The Bison are fresh off a 25- win over Missouri State last week and are looking to rebuild their stock as championship contenders. On the other side, Illinois State is looking for its first win of the season after starting 0-2.

Saturday’s game will air exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States nationally. ESPN+ a standalone streaming service that isn’t covered by a normal ESPN subscription. Therefore, the match will not be available on WatchESPN or any ESPN cable channels.

North Dakota State at Illinois State (FCS College Football 2021)

Start time: 3:30 p.m. EST

TV channel/schedule: N/A – The game isn’t on normal TV channels and can only be streamed via ESPN+ in the U.S. However, if you have Xfinity X1 or a streaming device like a Roku or Amazon Fire stick, you can watch ESPN+ through the ESPN app.

Live stream: ESPN+ – Having a cable subscription with ESPN will not allow fans to watch the match. Viewers must sign up for ESPN+ separately.

What is ESPN+? – ESPN+ isn’t a replacement for a normal ESPN subscription through your cable provider. Instead, it’s an auxiliary service that provides original content and some live sports. It also gives customers access to exclusive content on and access to pay-per-view MMA events.

How much does ESPN+ cost? – Viewers can sign up for $4.99 a month to get all ESPN+ content (this does not include standard live sports on Watch ESPN). There’s also an option to bundle ESPN+ with Hulu and Disney+ for $12.99 per month.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Zeb Noland threw two touchdown passes and three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State rebounded from an upset last week to blank Missouri State 25-0 on Saturday.

The Bison (3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) had their FCS-record 39-game win streak snapped by Southern Illinois in a 38-14 loss last week but jumped out to a 25-0 halftime lead over the Bears (1-4, 1-1) and rode their defense to the victory. The Bison had seven sacks, three by Spencer Waege, and held the Bears to 63 yards on the ground and 221 total.

Noland completed 10 of 15 passes with touchdown throws of 7 yards to Noah Gindorff and 81 to Braylon Henderson, who got behind the defense to make the deep reception and cruise into the end zone for his first career score.

The Bison spent most of their time on the ground with 272 yards. Jalen Bussey led the way with 90 yards, including a 53-yard score in which he slipped through the line and went virtually untouched down the left side.

North Dakota State’s historic winning streak came to an unexpected and abrupt end on Feb. 27 with a loss to Southern Illinois. Lest one think the 38-14 defeat against the Salukis marked the end of the Bison’s FCS dominance, the reigning national champions rebounded with a 25-0 rout of Missouri State.