It is two weeks until North Dakota State's football team opens its 2013 season at Kansas State. In NDSU's Football Championship Subdivision history, this will be the Bison's toughest non-conference, big-time opponent. Kansas State is a legit yearly contender for the Big 12 title (indeed, the Wildcats are the defending champs and played in BCS bowl game last year). And, while K-State lost a lot of starters from last season, the Wildcats are ranked No. 26 nationally in the Associated Press preseason poll.
It is also a big game from Kansas State's standpoint because the Wildcats are having a grand re-opening of a renovated Bill Snyder Family Stadium AND the game will be nationally televised on the just-launched Fox Sports 1 network. The network will reach 9 million homes and there may be a million people watching on a Friday night.
In summary: This will be much different than playing a crappy Minnesota team or mid-level Division I team like Ball State or Central Michigan.
Let's get to the point: Important Bison victories.
Bison athletic types still point to the win over Montana just after NDSU announced it was going Division I as the most-important victory of the D-1 era. The Bison beat Minnesota -- twice -- in Minneapolis. NDSU had a thrilling last-minute win over Georgia Southern in last year's national semifinals at the Fargodome. And, of course, there are those two national title game victories.
So, as I like to do every time NDSU has a BIG game, I will ask this question:
If NDSU wins this game, where does it rank on the all-time biggest Bison victories list?
Please type your answer and discuss in the comments section below.
(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)