|North Dakota State Bison football|
|Head coach||Craig Bohl|
|Location||Fargo, North Dakota|
|League||NCAA Division I FCS|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Football Conference|
|Past conferences||Great West (2004–2007)|
North Central (1922–2003)
|Postseason bowl record||7–5|
|Claimed national titles||10|
|Colors||Green and Yellow|
|Fight song||On Bison|
|Marching band||Gold Star Marching Band|
South Dakota State
The North Dakota State Bison football program represents North Dakota State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level and competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Bison are the current back-to-back defending NCAA Division I-FCS national champion.
From 2004 to 2007, the Bison were members of the Great West Football Conference, before which they were a NCAA Division II program in the North Central Conference. The team's current head coach is Craig Bohl, who has led the Bison since 2003. During the 2012 season, North Dakota State compiled a record of 14–1 and won the Missouri Valley Football Conference title on the way to repeating as FCS champions. The Bison have won ten national championships; they were selected as NCAA College Division champions by polling three times (1965, 1968, 1969), won the NCAA Division II National Football Championship five times (1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990), and have won the NCAA Division I Football Championship twice (2011, 2012).
Division I Record against FBS competition
(by poll, following four regional bowl games - through 1972)
- 1965, 1968, 1969
(full playoffs - beginning 1973)
- 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990
- runners-up: 1981, 1984 
Division I (FCS)
- 2011, 2012,
- North Central (26): 1925^, 1932, 1935, 1964#, 1965, 1966^, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972,#, 1973^, 1974#, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983^, 1984^, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994^
- Great West Football (1): 2006 - (not eligible for FCS playoffs)
- Missouri Valley Football (2): 2011^, 2012
^ co-champion # tri-champion
FCS Playoff history
2010 - (20 teams)
First Round vs. Robert Morris, Won 43–17
Second Round vs. Montana State, Won 42–17
Quarterfinal vs. Eastern Washington, Lost 31–38 (OT)
2011 - (20 teams)
First Round - bye week
Second Round vs James Madison, Won 26–14
Quarterfinal vs. Lehigh, Won 24–0
Semifinal vs Georgia Southern, Won 35–7
National Championship vs Sam Houston, Won 17–6 
2012 - (20 teams)
First Round - bye week
Second Round vs South Dakota State, Won 28–3
Quarterfinal vs. Wofford, Won 14-7
Semifinal vs. Georgia Southern, Won 23-20
National Championship vs Sam Houston, Won 39-13
|2011||4–0||National Champions||Craig Bohl|
|2012||4–0||National Champions||Craig Bohl|
|1964||Mineral Water Bowl||North Dakota State||14||Western State||13||College Div.|
|1965||Pecan Bowl||North Dakota State||20||Grambling State||7|
|1967||Pecan Bowl||Texas-Arlington||13||North Dakota State||0|
|1968||Pecan Bowl||North Dakota State||23||Arkansas State||14|
|1969||Camellia Bowl||North Dakota State||30||Montana||3|
|1970||Camellia Bowl||North Dakota State||31||Montana||16|
|1976||Grantland Rice Bowl||Montana State||10||North Dakota State||3||Div. II semifinal|
|1977||Grantland Rice Bowl||Jacksonville State||31||North Dakota State||7|
|1981||Palm Bowl||Texas State||42||North Dakota State||13||Div. II final|
|1983||Palm Bowl||North Dakota State||41||Central State||21|
|1984||Palm Bowl||Troy||18||North Dakota State||17|
|1985||Palm Bowl||North Dakota State||35||North Alabama||7|
Head coaching history
- Updated on 11/11/2012
|1||Henry Luke Bolley||1894–1899||7-8-1||NA|
|4||A. L. Marshall||1904–1905||4-7-1||NA|
|9||Paul J. Davis||1915–1917||10-7-1||NA|
|10||Stanley Borleske||1919–1921, 1923–1924, 1928||20-18-5||NA|
|14||Stan Kostka||1941, 1946–1947||8-17-0||0|
|15||Robert A. Lowe||1942–1945||3-9-2||0|
- Jeff Bentrim
- Tyrone Braxton
- Craig Dahl
- Mike Dragosavich
- Lamar Gordon
- Phil Hansen
- Kole Heckendorf
- Ramon Humber
- Joe Mays
- Steve Nelson
- Stacy Robinson
- Tyler Roehl
- Nick Schommer
- Travis White
- Dacotah Field, 1910–1992: 82 Years
- Fargodome, 1993–present: 20 Years
- Haley, Craig. "In the FCS Huddle: FCS champ North Dakota State goes back-to-back". http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/news/newstest.aspx?id=4554341. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- NDSU 2006 Schedule "North Dakota State 2006 Schedule hosted by ESPN". ESPN. December 1, 2011. http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/schedule/_/id/2449/year/2006/north-dakota-state-bison NDSU 2006 Schedule.
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- "Final ND St 22 Colorado St 7". September 8, 2012. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=322520036. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- National Championships "Division II Football Championship History at NCAA.com". NCAA. September 20, 2011. http://www.ncaa.com/history/football/d2 National Championships.
- National Championships "Division II Football Championship History at NCAA.com". NCAA. January 7, 2012. http://www.ncaa.com/history/football/d2 National Championships.
- NCC official record book page 77 "NCC official record book". North Central Conference. December 11, 2011. http://static.psbin.com/n/i/ldek9e45mq16q7/08_Record_Book.pdf NCC official record book page 77.
- "Football - 2010 Schedule". North Dakota State University. September 20, 2011. http://www.gobison.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=11844&SPID=695&DB_OEM_ID=2400&Q_SEASON=2010.
- "Football - 2011 Schedule". North Dakota State University. December 3, 2011. http://www.gobison.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=2400&SPID=695&SPSID=11844.
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