North Dakota State's 2021 football season is quickly approaching and the Bison Media Zone continues a yearly tradition with its summertime preview series.

The Bison will matchup with a Pioneer League team for the second time in three seasons with the Valparaiso Crusaders coming to the Fargodome on September 11th.

This is another one game scheduling agreement between the schools, Valpo will be paid $240,000 for the contest. The Crusaders are coming off their most successful season since 2003, as they posted a 4-2 record during the spring which included wins over Drake and San Diego. The win over Drake was the first time the Crusaders beat the Bulldogs in 18 tries.

Valparaiso will forever be linked to Bison football history. Valpo was the first Division I game for NDSU in 2004, a 52-0 Bison win in front of 18,665 fans at the Fargodome. Kyle Steffes ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

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VALPARAISO CRUSADERS

  • 2020 record: 4-2 (beat Drake and San Diego)
  • Landon Fox is head coach, in third season (5-13 overall record)
  • Spent 11 seasons at Dayton as defensive coordinator
  • Robert Washington returns, PFL player of the year (653 yards, 5 TD)