The second half of North Dakota State's football schedule opens at home with Missouri State coming to the Fargodome.
Missouri State has perennially struggled over the last decade in the Valley and 2018 was no different as the Bears posted a 4-7 record with just two wins in conference play. Last year though many thought things started to change for Mo State after a 3-1 start with wins over Northern Arizona and Illinois State. The Bears won just once after that, surprisingly beating Indiana State. They lost five straight games to end the season, outscored 144-14 by SDSU, NDSU and Northern Iowa.
Dave Steckel is about to begin his fifth season in Springfield with a record of 12-32, he got a contract extension thru the 2021 season, so I don't believe the Bears would make a move on him if things don't go well this year, but wins need to start happening.
MSU opens the year with road games at Northern Arizona and then an FBS game with Tulane. Kennesaw State, a quarterfinalist the last two seasons then comes to Springfield. Mo State is one of the few schools that is playing just 11 games this year, they'll have a trip to Fargo, but get home games with South Dakota, Northern Iowa and SDSU.
Missouri State Bears
- Missouri Valley Football Conference, 4-7 record in 2018
- Head coach: Dave Steckel (12-32 in four seasons)
- Last playoff appearance: 1990
- NDSU leads all-time series 9-2 (Bison won eight straight)