The Wildcats are 1-1 to open the year. They’ve looked good in a 38-20 road win over San Diego State to open the season, and they’ve looked rough in a 39-17 loss to Mississippi State at home this past Saturday.

Their Week 3 opponent, though hailing from the FCS ranks, will test the resolve of coach Jedd Fisch’s squad.

North Dakota State is ranked No. 1 in the FCS coaches poll, having won 10 straight and just blasted its first two opponents on the 2022 slate.

The Bison have also won six straight against FBS opponents. The Wildcats are 15-1 all-time FCS opponents. Something’s got to give.

North Dakota State will reveal how much has truly changed. They play sound football, winning at the line of scrimmage with a productive and democratic ground game. The team’s fullback has touchdowns in five straight contests. Arizona should be able to put up points thanks to the overhauled talent at the skill positions, but the NDSU offense against the Arizona defense will be what determines how this one goes.

With the Bison listed as the favorites in the game, Arizona is the first Power Five team to be a home underdog to an FCS opponent since Kansas played South Dakota State in 2015. The Jayhawks were a two-point dog and lost by three.

Here’s all the info you need for Saturday’s game.

TV and Kickoff Time

Kickoff time: 8:00 p.m. PT

TV Network: FS1

Betting odds

Line: North Dakota State -1.5

Total: 52.5

Money line: North Dakota State -125, Arizona +105

Via DraftKings

Expert predictions

ESPN’s FPI gives the Wildcats a 57.2% chance of beating the Bison.

Bill Connelly’s SP+ has Arizona winning 27-22.

WildcatAuthority’s Jason Scheer has Arizona winning 24-20:

NDSU is a good team and it would be silly to think otherwise, but the closer I look at this game, the more I think the difference in athleticism will be difficult to overcome. … At the end of the day, I think Arizona is going to get its athletes in space and be able to score. North Dakota State will have to play from behind and it’s won’t be comfortable in doing so.

The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner has Arizona winning as well:

NDSU is a first-class FCS program that produced Carson Wentz and Trey Lance. But the Wildcats learned a brutal lesson last year against Northern Arizona and will be ready for the task.

CFN’s Pete Fiutak has the Bison winning 27-23:

North Dakota State is way too sharp. Arizona will try to get tough up front, and ball control will mean everything in an attempt to (keep) the Bison offense on the sidelines. It won’t work. The deep backfield will keep rotating in productive backs, Cam Miller will get the time needed to spread the passing game around, and the team will take over in the second half with a few nice scoring drives and tough stops to make Arizona press. That’s when the turnovers will come