2017 North Dakota State Bison Football Team
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2017 North Dakota State Bison Football Team
2017 North Dakota State Bison football
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
MVFC champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 1
FCS CoachesNo. 1
2017 record14-1 (7-1 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorCourtney Messingham (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorMatt Entz (4th season)
Home stadiumFargodome
(Capacity: 19,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State $^   7 1         14 1  
No. 3 South Dakota State ^   6 2         11 3  
No. 19 Northern Iowa ^   6 2         8 5  
No. 13 Western Illinois ^   5 3         8 4  
No. 15 South Dakota ^   4 4         8 5  
Illinois State   4 4         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Indiana State   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2017 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Chris Klieman. The team played their 25th season in the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison finished the season 14-1, 7-1 in MVFC play to win the MVFC championship for the seventh consecutive year.[1][2] As a result, the Bison received the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs as the No. 2 seed.[3][4] In the playoffs, they defeated San Diego,[5][6]Wofford,[7][8][9] and Sam Houston State to advance to the National Championship game.[10][11][12] There they defeated James Madison to win the school's sixth National Championship in seven years.[13][14][15] The September 30 game against Missouri State was the 700th victory since the team's founding in 1894.

Previous season

The Bison finished the 2016 season 12-2, 7-1 in MVFC play to win a share of the MVFC championship for the sixth consecutive year.[16][17] They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs[18] where they defeated San Diego[19][20][21] and South Dakota State[22][23][24] before losing to James Madison in the semifinals, ending their five-year championship run.[25][26][27]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 22:30 p.m.Mississippi Valley State*No. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 72-718,502
September 93:00 p.m.at No. 7 Eastern Washington*No. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 40-1310,231
September 232:30 p.m.Robert Morris*No. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Trees Bowl)
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 56-018,308
September 301:00 p.m.Missouri StateNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 38-1118,892
October 712:00 p.m.at Indiana StateNo. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
W 52-04,743
October 146:00 p.m.at No. 8 Youngstown StateNo. 2ESPN3W 27-24 OT16,408
October 212:30 p.m.No. 10 Western IllinoisNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 24-1218,630
October 282:30 p.m.Northern IowaNo. 2
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 30-1418,687
November 42:00 p.m.at No. 8 South Dakota StateNo. 2NBC ND
ESPN3
L 21-3318,130
November 112:30 p.m.No. 10 South DakotaNo. 5
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Harvest Bowl)
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 49-1418,623
November 1812:00 p.m.at No. 21 Illinois StateNo. 4NBC ND
ESPN3
W 20-77,664
December 22:30 p.m.San Diego*No. 4
NBC ND
ESPN3
W 38-318,067
December 911:00 a.m.No. 8 Wofford*No. 4
ESPN2W 42-1017,008
December 157:00 p.m.No. 5 Sam Houston State*No. 4
ESPN2W 55-1318,279
January 611:00 a.m.No. 1 James Madison*No. 4ESPN2W 17-1319,090
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from STATS FCS Poll released prior to game; FBS rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
  • Source: STATS Poll [1]

Roster

[28]

Recruiting class

Game summaries

Polls are based on the FCS STATS Poll

Mississippi Valley State

1 2 3 4 Total
Delta Devils 0 7 0 0 7
No. 2 Bison 30 14 21 7 72

Box Score.

at Eastern Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 9 10 7 14 40
No. 7 Eagles 7 3 3 0 13

Box Score.

Robert Morris

1 2 3 4 Total
Colonials 0 0 0 0 0
No. 2 Bison 35 14 7 0 56

Box Score.

Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 5 0 6 11
No. 2 Bison 14 3 7 14 38

Box Score.

at Indiana State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 17 21 7 52
Sycamores 0 0 0 0 0

Box Score.

at Youngstown State

1 2 3 4OT Total
No. 2 Bison 0 10 7 73 27
No. 8 Penguins 10 0 7 70 24

Box Score.

Western Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Leathernecks 9 3 0 0 12
No. 2 Bison 3 7 14 0 24

Box Score.

Northern Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 7 14
No. 2 Bison 0 7 10 13 30

Box Score.

at South Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 0 14 0 21
No. 10 Jackrabbits 3 14 9 7 33

Box Score.

South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Coyotes 7 7 0 0 14
No. 5 Bison 14 14 14 7 49

Box Score.

at Illinois State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bison 0 0 13 7 20
No. 21 Redbirds 0 0 0 7 7

Box Score.

FCS Playoffs

San Diego-Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
Toreros 0 0 0 3 3
No. 4 Bison 14 3 21 0 38

Box Score.

Wofford-Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Terriers 3 7 0 0 10
No. 4 Bison 14 21 7 0 42

Box Score.

Sam Houston State-Semifinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Bearkats 3 0 10 0 13
No. 4 Bison 21 20 14 0 55

Box Score.

James Madison-Championship

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 4 Bison 7 10 0 0 17
No. 1 Dukes 3 3 7 0 13

Box Score.

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 2 (19) 2 (8) 2 (10) 2 (5) 2 (5) 2 (8) 2 (8) 2 (7) 2 (9) 2 (6) 5 4 4 1
Coaches 2 2 2 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 2 2 6 6 4 1

References

  1. ^ "North Dakota State football claims third outright Missouri Valley crown". Star Tribune. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Bison Lead League With 11 All-MVFC Picks, Six on First Team". GoBison.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ KVLY. "Bison earn No. 2 seed in FCS Playoffs". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "James Madison, NDSU are 1-2 in FCS playoff field". FOX Sports. 2017-11-19. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "San Diego vs. North Dakota State - Game Summary - December 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "North Dakota State rolls past San Diego again, 38-3". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "North Dakota State, behind Stick, throttles Wofford in FCS quarters". FOX Sports. 2017-12-09. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Stick leads No. 2 ND State to FCS semifinals with 42-10 over No. 7 Wofford". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Lucky Seven: Bison roll Wofford, advance to seventh consecutive..." INFORUM. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Sam Houston State routed by North Dakota State, falls short of FCS championship game". SportsDay. 2017-12-15. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "North Dakota State overpowers Sam Houston State to advance to FCS championship game". Argus Leader. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "North Dakota State returns to FCS title game with rout vs. Sam Houston State". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "North Dakota State beats JMU in FCS Championship". SI.com. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Press, Associated. "North Dakota State takes back FCS title with 17-13 victory over James Madison". latimes.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "North Dakota State outlasts James Madison to claim FCS championship for the sixth time in seven years". SportsDay. 2018-01-06. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "SDSU, NSDU Share 2016 MVFC Crown". Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Bison Lead League With 12 All-MVFC Picks, Eight on First Team". GoBison.com. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Here's the 2016 FCS playoff bracket, led by NDSU". SBNation.com. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "San Diego vs. North Dakota State - Game Recap - December 3, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "North Dakota State Beats San Diego 45-7 in FCS Second Round". GoBison.com. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Stick leads NDSU over San Diego; Bison get rematch with Jack..." Retrieved .
  22. ^ "South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State - Game Recap - December 10, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Bison ground game, stingy defense defeat South Dakota State in..." Retrieved .
  24. ^ "North Dakota State Bison football vs South Dakota State: Score, updates & how to watch live stream". OregonLive.com. Retrieved .
  25. ^ services, Tribune news. "James Madison upsets 5-time defending champion North Dakota State in FCS semifinal". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "James Madison ends North Dakota State's championship run". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  27. ^ "James Madison vs. North Dakota State - Game Recap - December 16, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved .
  28. ^ "2017 NDSU Bison Spring Football Roster". The Official Athletics Site of North Dakota State Athletics. Retrieved 2017.

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