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Why Nobody Wants to Play the Bison

When you win three straight National Championships in college football, a lot of good things come your way: increased exposure, expanded resources, and improved recruiting.

But the folks at North Dakota State are finding out there is a big downside to being a dynasty on the gridiron: nobody wants to schedule you.

For years, NDSU, like most other FCS teams, has been making a habit of playing early season, big money payout, road games at FBS schools. But unlike other FCS teams, the Bison have been winning those games on a regular basis.

North Dakota State is 7-3 in their last ten games against the ‘big boys’, including four straight wins against Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado State and Kansas State.  This season, the Bison will look to make it five in-a-row when the play at Iowa State, August 30th.

But the future of NDSU games with FBS opponents gets murky after that. The Bison are not scheduled to play a FBS team in 2015, although there is a 2016 game scheduled against Iowa in Iowa City, but after that, no additional FBS game are scheduled.

In a story in the Fargo Forum, NDSU’s director of broadcasting, Jeremy Jorgenson, said:

There are a lot of teams that I’ve talked to that have dates that match up and want an FCS team, but they don’t want us.

South Dakota’s two Missouri Valley Conference teams also have FBS games this season.  South Dakota State plays at Missouri, and South Dakota plays at Oregon.

Both of those games are Saturday, August 30th.

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