Just days after helping FCS power North Dakota State win its fifth straight national championship, with a victory over Jacksonville State, Bison quarterback Carson Wentz had the opportunity to discuss his rising NFL Draft stock with Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). Wentz was asked about his return from injury, his height and more by the veteran sports radio host.
“What the writers have to say, it is what it is. You try not to focus on that, everyone has a different angle, a different approach,” Wentz said. “What really matters is what the teams think of you, what the scouts and the ownership thinks of you. I’m not concerned with what writers have to say to be honest with you.”
Wentz said the best thing that’s been said about him is that he is a winner, which is always a nice character trait to have when looking to make a splash in the NFL. On the flip side, Wentz said he is no fan of the FCS bashing done by some. Asked if he feels he belongs in the conversation along with players like Jared Goff of Cal and Paxton Lynch of Memphis, Wentz said “I definitely believe in that group, no doubt about it.”
Wentz will get a chance to play with some of the top seniors in college football later this month at the Senior Bowl.
Not those defending national champions, although Ohio State comes to Eugene the following week.
Just weeks after adding Montana to the schedule in 2019, Oregon has now added four-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State for 2020. Oregon will welcome the Bison to Autzen Stadium on September 5, 2020. As it turns out, Oregon hosts Ohio State the following week in the first half of a home-and-home between the two programs that just squared off in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Oregon’s non-conference schedule wraps up with a home game against Hawaii the following week before jumping into the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule.
Oregon has never lost to a school from the FCS ranks. The Ducks are 10-0 all-time against opponents from the next level down. North Dakota State is an impressive 8-3 all-time against teams from the FBS level. The Bison have won five straight match-ups against FBS opponents with wins over Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas State and Iowa State. Since 2010, Oregon has won four games in the regular season against power conference opponents.
Oregon and North Dakota State have never played each other. The Ducks did play North Dakota back in 1931 to a scoreless tie.
The Pac-12 does not have a non-conference scheduling requirement to include an opponent from another power conference the way the ACC, SEC and now the Big Ten have in place. To Oregon’s credit though, the Ducks have at least one game per seaosn line dup against another power conference opponent in 2015 (at Michigan State), 2016 (Virginia, at Nebraska), 2017 (Nebraska), 2019 (Auburn in Arlington), 2020 (Ohio State) and 2021 (at Ohio State).
It is Friday afternoon, which tends to mean things can get a little slow as we head into the weekend. Fortunately, North Dakota State decided to have a little fun and make some people smile* with this photo of its four national championship trophies going for a Friday drive.
Judging by this photo, seen on the North Dakota State Facebook page, the national championship trophies are practicing safety first by wearing their respective seatbelts.
North Dakota State won the 2014 Division 1 championship by defeating Illinois State. The previous year the Bison defeated Towson for the national title, and the previous two years saw North Dakota State beat Sam Houston State for the championship. North Dakota State’s championship drive will continue this season as the Bison will likely be the team to beat once again in the land of the FCS. North Dakota State will not play any FBS opponents in 2015, but a trip to Iowa is on the schedule for 2016. The 2015 season will kick off against Montana on August 29 in Missoula, Montana.
* With the possible exception of fans of Sam Houston State, Towson and Illinois State. Apologies to you.
Helmet sticker to Reddit.
After coaching FCS power North Dakota State to a fourth straight national championship, Chris Klieman has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension. The new deal will secure Klieman at North Dakota State through 2021.
“Chris understands the culture of Bison football and what it takes to continue the program’s high level of success,” athletic director Matt Larsen said in a released statement. “The excitement around the football program has never been greater and I look forward to having Chris and his family in Fargo for the long term.”
North Dakota State went 15-1 in 2014, highlighted by a victory over Big 12 school Iowa State and capped with a fourth straight FCS national championship. Klieman was as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.
“I’m excited to continue to build on the great tradition of Bison football,” Klieman said. “My family enjoys being in Fargo and I am extremely thankful for how this community and Bison Nation have embraced my family and me.”
Klieman succeeded Craig Bohl after the former Bison head coach accepted a job offer at Wyoming after three straight national championship seasons at North Dakota State.
The College Football Playoff field was set last Sunday, but the first and real Division 1 college football playoff has been going on for weeks before whittling down the field to its final four. On Saturday, other than the Army-Navy Game and the Heisman Trophy presentation, it was a day for the Football Championship Subdivision to shine, and boy did it.
Quarterfinal action was packed with tense moments and close games, providing a reminder of just how fun this level can be. At the end of the day, the semifinal match-ups were set in stone on the FCS playoff bracket; New Hampshire will host Illinois State in one semifinal, and North Dakota State will host Sam Houston State in the other.
New Hampshire’s defense gave up 566 yards to Chatanooga on Friday night, but a 61-yard touchdown pass from Sean Goldrich to R.J. Harris proved to be the difference in a 35-30 victory for the top seed in the tournament. Saturday was not short on the drama either. Three-time defending champion North Dakota State and Coastal Carolina traded scores all game long, but the Bison got the last word with a 45-yard touchdown run by John Crockett for a 39-32 lead following a two-point conversion. The defense did the rest in the game of the day.
Sam Houston State’s victory at Villanova was a back-and-forth event as well. Sam Houston State head coach K.C. Keeler was very familiar with Villanova, as the former head coach of Delaware. His quarterback, Jared Johnson passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns to send Sam Houston to the national semifinal against another familiar foe, North Dakota State. The two schools met in the national championship game in 2011 and 2012.
North Dakota State will host Sam Houston State on Friday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. eastern on ESPN2. New Hampshire will host Illinois State on Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. eastern on EPSNU.
North Dakota State is looking to win its fourth straight FCS national championship, a feat that has not been accomplished at the FCS level since the split of Division 1.