An upstart power looking to assert its dominance against the titan of the sport over the last decade — all for the national championship. I’m not talking about Georgia-Alabama, but instead Saturday’s FCS national championship — No. 1 seed and defending national champion James Madison against No. 2 seed and winner of the five previous crowns North Dakota State.

In fact, pound-for-pound this game is even more massive than the FBS championship.

North Dakota State rolls in at 13-1, winners of their last five games — all by 13 points or more, and four of them by 32 or more — including a 55-13 beatdown of Sam Houston State in the semifinals.

James Madison is 14-0, with two wins all season by less than 10 points. Their semifinal performance? A 51-16 blowout of South Dakota State, the same team that happened to give North Dakota State its only loss of the year.

James Madison leads the nation in scoring defense (10.7 points per game), pass efficiency defense (81.08) and turnover margin (a 1.71 advantage per game) while ranking third in total defense (251.1 yards per game). Mike Houston’s team is also eighth in scoring offense at nearly 36 points per game.

And here’s how North Dakota State’s team rankings shake out. The only major stat in which the Chris Klieman’s team doesn’t rank in the top 10 is passing offense, and that’s because the Bison throw it less than 20 times per game.

Yes, pound-for-pound this is the most epic college football game of the weekend. It’s the defending champions looking to become the first back-to-back champions since North Dakota State against North Dakota State. It’s a game as big as an FCS game can be.

JMU-NDSU goes down at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Saturday at noon ET on ESPN2. Do yourself a favor and watch it.