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I-AA Team Seeks I-A Bowl Bid

Posted on: November 14, 2007

The North Dakota State football team is 10-0 and ranked #1 in the FCS (formerly I-AA) coach’s poll.

They are ineligible for the FCS postseason play-offs because they are in their fifth and final year of Division I reclassification. Thus the team is hoping for a invitation to an FBS (formerly I-A) bowl game.

According to a story written in the Fargo Forum, NDSU athletic director, Gene Taylor “wonders if a 10-1 or 11-0 team would make for a better story and be more attractive to a bowl committee than a 6-6 team that finished in the lower half of its league.”

Although it may sound farfetched that, here is some food for thought:

  • NDSU is ranked #1 in FCS coach’s poll.
  • An undefeated record
  • Two wins versus FBS opponents including:
    • A road win versus Minnesota – a Big Ten opponent.
    • A 30-point road win versus Central Michigan – the MAC West champions.
  • Lots of parity among top FCS and lower level FBS teams. Think Appalchian State over Michigan, Northern Iowa over Iowa, and NDSU over Minnesota.
  • Great fans – NDSU brought 30,000 fans to the Metrodome, when the team played Minnesota.
  • Last year Boise State went undefeated and even though they are in a non-BCS conference, they earned an invite to a BCS bowl. The game between Boise State and Oklahoma turned out to be one of the greatest football games of all-time.

What do you think about a FBS team getting a bowl invite?


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