North Dakota State University Bison
North Dakota State has an incredible football program, they have one of the best students - athletes in the country and a great basketball team. Since advancing to Division I, Dakota Marker has been our main rival we've been competing with for years, but our new favorite group is a group I will go out of my way to call the most amazing, passionate and loyal group I've ever experienced. North Dakota, we have a great basketball program with many great players, great coaches and great fans.
Given the state's geographical location and rich history, the bison is the perfect mascot for North Dakota State and fits perfectly with the school's history of fighting against flicker tails during the Battle of Bismarck in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Countless other colleges have agreed to use the bison for their mascots, but given its history and history as a mascot for a state with such a great basketball program, it was perfect. The school even went so far as to change its name from North Dakota Agricultural College to North Fargo State University and eventually to the current name of the university itself.
NDSU took a 15-0 lead for the second time in school history and had only one game decided by less than one touchdown. No 3 South Dakota State was outscored by a Dakota marker in the first quarter of the first game of the season, but they were never able to reduce the lead to single digits.
The favorite team was the Bison, originally known as NDAC Farmers, and the underdog was a tiny, all-Native American college on campus. The school, then called North Dakota Agricultural College, had been the Aggies from the early 20th century until 1921, but its chief rival at the time was South Dakota State University, a school best known for its football and basketball teams. In 1894, they set up their first team and their main rivals at the time fought for the right to win the Nickel Trophy, the nation's highest award.
North Dakota State's athletic team advanced to Division I in 2004, and the Bison were members of the Great West Football Conference from 2004 to 2007. They defeated Sam Houston State University in 2004 and returned to the FCS championship game, which they returned to in 2012. It was the first time in school history that it had played a Big 12 school in Fargo.
The University of North Dakota first established a basketball team in 1904 and was coached by its first head coach, William "Buck" Burdick. In the 1920s, he started a federally organized tournament, and the 2007 Bison football team was defeated that season. The National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) of the United States had enough players and challenged them to a football game in 1890, but that was not the case.
North Dakota State (14-0) hosts Montana State at Bison Stadium in Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. Watch the North Dakota football game on ESPNU, ESPN2 and WatchESPN for more information about the game.
What North Dakota State University did when it first reached the D-I scene in 2004 was impressive, to say the least.
What could I be prouder of representing North Dakota State University and its students, faculty, staff, and graduates? I am proud to have been welcomed to the White House as a member of President Obama's National Advisory Council on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NACAA), and I could not be prouder of the fact that Fargo, ND is across the state line from Minnesota and North Dakota. The North Fargo State Bison are the football team of North Sioux County and the University of Minnesota in Fargo - Moorhead, as well as the men's and women's basketball team from North Minnesota, the university's home state. The North Idaho State College of Business, Fargo ND, is a public research university with more than 4,000 students and is based in Fargo (ND), across state lines in Minnesota and North Carolina, just south of the US border.
The Bison's football home is the Fargodome, a 19,000-seat arena on the NDSU campus. The football team's home games are held in the Fargadome, with a capacity of more than 2,500 fans per game, and the football, men's and women's basketball teams "home games are held at the University of Minnesota - Moorhead.
The Fargodome is home to the Bison, Women's and Football teams and the baseball team.
The attendance record at the Fargodome was 19,108 when the Bison played Missouri State on October 12, 2013. North Dakota currently has the second-highest school attendance in school history, behind only North Carolina with 21,841. The Bison have won 35 consecutive games since winning their first home game against North Texas on September 4, 2010. Since the start of the 2014 season, the North Fargo State Bons have a record 127-8,941, including an all-time mark of 1,737,000 fans who turned out against South Dakota, making it the nation's third-largest home attendance.