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Beating the Football Bowl Subdivision

by Dan Gunderson

You ever wonder why a Football Championship Subdivision team beating a Football Bowl Subdivision team is a big deal? Maybe a better question should be have fans of the North Dakota State University football team forgotten how big of a deal it is?

The Bison have gone 6-3 against FBS schools. That is the best winning percentage versus FBS opponents of any current FCS school. While the six wins haven’t been against teams like Alabama or Oregon, it is still impressive to see NDSU’s success.

In the last three seasons, NDSU has gone undefeated against FBS schools. It started in 2010 with a 6-3 victory over the University of Kansas. The team followed that up with back-to-back dominating wins over the University of Minnesota in 2011 and Colorado State University in 2012.

Let us get something straight here before we move on to talking about this year’s FBS opponent for NDSU, the Kansas State University Wildcats. The last three FBS teams NDSU has played were awful.

The 2010 Jayhawks finished 3-9, the 2011 Golden Gophers finished 3-9 and the 2012 Rams finished 4-8. This season poses a different challenge for the Herd because they will actually be playing a good FBS school.

The Wildcats are coming of a season in which they won the Big 12 and appeared in a BCS Bowl game. Sure, the lost their Heisman candidate quarterback Collin Klein and nearly every starter from last year’s defense. However, they still return all five starting offensive lineman and legendary coach BIll Snyder.

If the Bison were to pull off this victory, which is possible but unlikely, it would be a much bigger deal than the first three victories combined. Beating a perennial Top 25 team on a primetime, Friday night game in front of an audience of 90 million television viewers? Yeah, I think that would remind Bison fans how big of a deal it is to be a FBS team.