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Bison get No. 2 seed for FCS playoffs, host winner of NAU, San Diego

FARGO—North Dakota State moved up two spots in the FCS Football Playoff Committee rankings and will take the No. 2 seed into the playoffs. The field was announced Sunday morning on ESPNU.

The Bison will get a first round bye and play the winner of San Diego and Northern Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 2. San Diego won the Pioneer League and NAU is an at-large entrant from the Big Sky Conference.

NDSU finished the regular season 10-1, with their only loss to fifth-seeded South Dakota State. It's the eighth straight playoff appearance for NDSU, which won an NCAA-record five straight championships from 2011-15.

Top-seeded James Madison ended that run in the semifinals last season. The Dukes ripped through the regular season unbeaten and carry an 11-0 mark into postseason, a record that is part of 23 straight victories.

It was a busy Sunday for the Missouri Valley Football Conference, which put five teams into the field. Besides NDSU and SDSU, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa and South Dakota made the field.

The Bison won the Valley title outright on Saturday with a 20-7 win at Illinois State, the seventh straight conference championship either solo or shared for NDSU. It was the sixth win over a top 25-ranked team for the Bison.

Jeff Kolpack

Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.

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