South Dakota State is 2-0 and coming off a bye week.
North Dakota State is 3-0, and like the Jacks, haven't been challenged yet.
This is the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams, the first of a long league schedule.
"This week won't be any different. We've gone over with the concept of big game or whatever. The key is to be 1-0. We want to be 1-0 each week, we want to be 1-0 every week of practice. Our guys will be up, but we won't change anything as program." says head coach John Stiegelmeier.
"It is pretty unique. I don't know how the scheduling goes and you are going to play them all anyway. So whether it's the first or the fifth of the last, it's a big game, we'll be up for it, and i'm sure they will too." says head coach Chris Klieman.
The Jacks have won the past two Dakota Marker games including this 33-21 win in Brookings last season.
And the game plans, don't really change much from year to year.
"Nah they aren't and we know each other so well, and we've played each other in the playoffs, you get that double rep against each other." says Stiegelmeier.
"We play each other so much. You have to look back at previous games. I'm sure they're doing the same you look at this season, you look at last season, you look at games in 2014 and 2015, and i'm sure they're doing the same, both teams know each other so well." says Klieman.
Both teams have veteran quarterbacks. NDSU senior Easton Stick has helped lead his team to two of the last three national titles.
"I love the way he plays football, he's a gritty guy, he runs the ball like a tailback, he throws it with precision." says Stiegelmeier..
While jacks senior signal caller Taryn Christion will graduate as the best ever at that position at SDSU.
"I think he's a terrific football player, he's played against us a ton. He can beat you with his arm, he can beat you with his legs, I have a ton of respect for him." says Klieman.