Tag: North Dakota State Bison Football

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–FINAL 2021

Below are the Final 2021 Top 25 FCS rankings based on the Sagarin rankings after all postseason games have been completed in Division I play. These rankings include all FBS Bowl games and the entire FCS playoffs, including both the FCS and CFP National Championship games. North Dakota State remains in the top spot following […]

Nine is Just Fine for North Dakota State in Defeating Montana State for the 2022 FCS National Title

FRISCO, Tex. — North Dakota State, who was the #2 seed in this year’s Division I FCS Playoffs, scored on its first three drives to really finish off the 2022 National Championship game.  The Bison also scored the first 35 points of the game to dominate #8 seeded Montana State to a 38-10 final in […]

2022 Division I FCS National Championship Game Preview: #8 Montana State vs. #2 North Dakota State

These two border state schools in the northern part of the country head south to Texas to see who is the best in the FCS this year when Montana State and North Dakota State meet this Saturday.

For the Bison, this is old hat. This is NDSU’s ninth trip to Frisco in the last 11 years. The two missing years were this past spring’s contest–held then due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2016 when James Madison upset NDSU in the semi-final round. And all prior eight trips to north Texas have resulted in the Bison capturing the crown.

For Montana State, this is the first trip to the national title game since 1984 when the Bobcats won the title over Louisiana Tech in a game played in Charleston, S.C. MSU has been a contender in the playoffs though as the last season this team played it made it to the FCS semifinals in 2019 to the same team it will playing this year in the title game in NDSU.

Montana State Head Coach Brent Vigen Knows A Thing Or Two About Bison, Frisco

Montana State has spent nearly half a century panning for another national title in football and it’s taken a graduate of North Dakota State to lead the Bobcats to the threshold of achieving that goal.

North Dakota State’s Road to Frisco for the Ninth Time in Eleven Years

This year, North Dakota State will play for its unprecedented ninth Division I title in football to enter its first title game in a new decade after winning eight of ten titles in the 2010s. The Bison will be facing Montana State, who are somewhat the new kids on the block. Of course, Montana State […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Semifinal Preview: #3 James Madison at #2 North Dakota State

FCS SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: JAMES MADISON AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 8:15 PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN2 / WATCHESPN This JMU-NDSU rivalry has been blooming over the past five seasons but like all good things, they have to come to an end. This will be the last meeting (at least with both at […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Quarterfinal Preview: #7 East Tennessee State at #2 North Dakota State

FCS QUARTERFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 11:00AM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN / WATCHESPN Two conference champions meet in Fargo in this quarterfinal round match-up. East Tennessee State won the Southern Conference title this year and defeated Kennesaw State in the second round of the Division I FCS […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Second Round Preview: Southern Illinois at #2 North Dakota State

FCS SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2:30PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ Southern Illinois advanced the first round last week by defeating Missouri Valley Football Conference mate South Dakota on the road. The reward for the Salukis is to face another MVFC foe on the road in #2 […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-FINAL

Using the Sagarin ranking this week, the following would be the field of 24 teams for the Division I FCS Football Playoffs. The actual playoff announcement will be made later today at 12:30 EST on ESPNU. North Dakota State is the top seed, while MVFC mate South Dakota State is the second seed. James Madison […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 20

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 20th, 2021. This is the last ranking of the regular season and CSJ will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. North Dakota State stays the top of the rankings after the Bison defeated South […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 13

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 13th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. North Dakota State moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: CSJ Picks The FCS Playoff Field, 11/11/2021

With two weeks to go, no autobid has been determined for the upcoming FCS Playoffs, and without the FCS Playoff Committee releasing their working list of seeds, FCS fans have been left to the sift through the chaos as to what the heck the FCS Playoff bracket might look like.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 7

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 7th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 30

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 30th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. North Dakota State stays at the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 23

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 23rd, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. North Dakota State moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 16

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 16th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after the Jackrabbits defeated Western […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 9

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 9th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking despite the Jackrabbits losing at […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 2

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 2nd, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 4 after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 26

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 26th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 4 after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 18

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 18th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 3 with the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 11

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 11th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 2 following the […]

2021 FCS Season Preview: North Dakota State

The NDSU 2021 spring season was the worst team from the Fargo school in the last decade. The Bison still went to the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs but fell at eventual national champion Sam Houston in that round after NDSU defeated Eastern Washington in the first round.

ROUNDTABLE: How Does Texas and Oklahoma Exiting Big XII Affect G5 and FCS?

Today we had an emergency convo to figure out what could end up happening with the Big XII, the Group of Five, and the upper echelons of the FCS. The one thing everyone seemed to agree on is that change will be happening, and the Group of 5 and FCS won’t look the same as it does now once it’s done.

A Look at the Top Ten Programs of the Last Decade of FCS Football

I thought it would be interesting to look back through FCS history to figure out the top teams of the last decade.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–FINAL Spring 2021

Below are the final Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the Division I FCS Spring 2021 schedule. These rankings are amongst all the FCS teams that participated with at least three games in the spring schedule and includes teams that may have opted out of the season. NOTE: the Ivy League and […]

CSJ Roundtable, Spring Quarterfinal Edition: Are We At The End of the Bison Era?

This week, the Gang got together and talked about their big takeaways from the FCS quarterfinal games this past weekend.

Everything You Need to to Know about The SWAC Championship and the Quarterfinals Of the 2021 Spring FCS Playoffs: Streaming Info, Previews, Fearless Predictions

Find everything you need to know about this weekend’s FCS Playoff games and the SWAC Championship, including full previews, and our staff’s predictions on how the games are going to go.

Spring 2021 FCS Quarterfinal Playoff Preview: North Dakota State at Sam Houston

North Dakota State is in the postseason for the 11th straight season dating back to 2010 when the Bison advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in their first appearance. Overall, NDSU has a 37-2 record in the FCS playoffs.

Everything You Need to to Know about The First Round Of the 2021 Spring FCS Playoffs Tomorrow: Streaming Info, Previews, Fearless Predictions

Find everything you need to know about this weekend’s FCS Playoff games, including full previews, and our staff’s predictions on how the games are going to go.

Big Sky Conference FCS Playoff Preview (Eastern Washington/North Dakota State, Southern Illinois/Weber State)

The Big Sky Conference earned two bids for the Football Championship Subdivision Playoff bracket. Eastern Washington will travel to Fargo, North Dakota to face the Bison and Weber State will play host to the Southern Illinois Salukis. Both Big Sky teams drew stiff Missouri Valley Conference competition that will provide sufficient challenges for being able […]

CSJ Roundtable, Spring Postseason Edition: Our Thoughts On The Official FCS Bracket

The FCS Playoff bracket was announced this past Sunday at the conclusion of the historic spring football season. After the euphoria of realizing that the FCS actually made it to the finish line, despite lots of uncertainty, CSJ then proceeded to do what they do best – enter a spirited discussion on who really should have been in, out, seeded, or not.

Fearless Prediction: The FCS Playoff Bracket

After watching and following all spring, here’s my prediction of who’s in and who’s out of the FCS Playoff bracket this spring. The selection special is at 11:30 AM Sunday and will be unveiled on ESPNU.

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/17/2021

Well, we have made it sort of to the final regular season weekend in the Missouri Valley Football Conference spring schedule.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Apr. 11

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending April 3rd. These rankings are amongst the now 88 schools participating in the spring schedule. Joining Illinois State, who opted out the prior week, to opt out of the season after starting their season are Albany, Chattanooga, and Cal Poly […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/10/2021

After a week of postponements and further schools opting out of this 2021 spring season, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is down to just two weeks left and there is a four-way tie for the top spot currently. Missouri State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State all sit atop with identical 4-1 records in conference play right now.

College Sports Journal Spring Top 25 Week of 4/6/2021

It was pretty calm at the top of the Top 25 last week. Most teams didn’t play. But the middle, throw it in a blender. We have two weeks left before selection Sunday.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Apr. 3

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending April 3rd. These rankings are amongst the now 88 schools participating in the spring schedule. Joining Illinois State, who opted out the prior week, to opt out of the season after starting their season are Albany, Chattanooga, and Cal Poly […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/3/2021

Last week was a lost week for over half the MVFC squads and this week looks to be same. Two games last week were postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 reasons with the North Dakota at Youngstown State and North Dakota State at South Dakota games both called off last week. The UND-YSU game will […]

CSJ Roundtable, Week of 4/3/21: Limping, Or Soaring, To The End of the Regular Season?

North Dakota State cancellation, Chattanooga opting out – lots happened this past week, and CSJ’s staff writers mulled over the impacts as the dust settled.

College Sports Journal Spring Top 25, Week of 3/28/2021

Another week, another round of upsets in the FCS. Jacksonville State and Chattanooga were both top 10 teams last week. Both lost. We nearly had a second straight week where our number one team lost, but Weber State got a 50 yard hail mary on the last play of the game to preserve the win. VMI has moved within one win of the Southern Conference title. Our eyes will be on them this weekend.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 28

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 28th. These rankings are amongst the now 91 schools participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in the 2021 spring schedule.   The Big Sky Conference was the big winner […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/27/2021

This week with just four games, the biggest appears to be Southern Illinois at Missouri State with the winner staying in the MVFC title and FCS playoff race and the loser likely will be on the outside. Here are all the previews and my predictions for the MVFC games this week.

College Sports Journal Spring Top 25 Week of 3/21/2021

Our number one team from last week went down. North Dakota State dominated both sides of the trenches to beat North Dakota. Sam Houston continue to roll in the Southland. VMI and Chattanooga kept their unbeaten starts going by a combined 3 points. And in the CAA Rhode Island is 2-0 with two ranked wins, as everyone predicted (not exactly).

CSJ Roundtable, Week of 3/28/21: Halfway, Sort Of, Through the Spring Season

We’re about at about the midpoint of the spring season, and the writers at CSJ get together to take stock of the season so far.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 21

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 21st. These rankings are amongst the now 91 schools (Illinois State just announced it will forgo the rest of its spring schedule) participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/21/2021

SIU now gets South Dakota State at home this week. The Jackrabbits had a nail bitter against winless Youngstown State at home last week. The Jacks led the Penguins 16-7 through three quarters of play but YSU came back with 10 straight points to take the lead. SDSU though managed to drive in the wanning seconds of the game to get into field goal position where K Cole Frahm kicked a 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining to lift the Jacks to the victory.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 14

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 14th. These rankings are amongst the 92 schools participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in the 2021 spring schedule. North Dakota State moves back into the top spot […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/14/2021

This week the most intriguing match-up appears to the Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois as we have all MVFC games this week played on Saturday, March 13. The two schools both have a loss and getting their second loss as we will enter the mid-point of the spring schedule will likely result in the loser having to win out the rest of the season to get a playoff berth.