It should even be the primary time in NDSU’s Division I existence that it’ll have seven common-season residence video games. The Bison even have nonconference video games towards North Alabama and Delaware and won’t hit the street till an Oct. 6, 2018, convention recreation at Northern Iowa.
The Bison had seven common-season residence video games two different occasions in 1998 and 2000 when it was a Division II faculty.
In Cal Poly, the Bison will host a program that went via the Division I transition at about the identical time as NDSU. The 2 faculties shaped the Nice West together with South Dakota State, UC Davis, Southern Utah and Northern Colorado.
It is a one-yr contract that may pay the Mustangs a $250,000 assure. Furthermore, it formally ended NDSU’s hopes of discovering an FBS opponent. NDSU paid Robert Morris a $185,000 assure final weekend.
“A few of it’s timing,” stated NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. “I feel the factor that hurts us is now the pool of FCS groups prepared to return out right here is beginning to shrink.”
The Mustangs are present members of the Massive Sky Convention. The groups have been on a collision course final yr to satisfy within the second spherical of the FCS playoffs earlier than the College of San Diego upset the Mustangs within the first spherical.
Cal Poly and NDSU cut up their 4 Nice West video games with the Mustangs profitable in 2004 and 2005 and the Bison taking the 2006 and 2007 video games, the final 31-28 win on an eighty-yard landing move with 27 seconds remaining.
NDSU’s subsequent FBS opponent is not till 2020 when it’s going to journey to the College of Oregon. Then again, head coach Chris Klieman stated his largest worry for subsequent yr was to be caught with a Division II opponent, or a recreation that may be thought-about a non-Division I counter.
“That might be the primary objective, to play an FBS recreation,” Klieman stated. “That could not occur … so the subsequent-neatest thing is to discover a method to get one other house recreation. I am excited for our followers, to have seven house video games. I am excited for our seniors, to have a seventh residence recreation.”