NDSU BISON FOOTBALL BASICS
- 21 TIME NCAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! (1965-1968-1969-1983-1985-1986-1988-1990-2011-2012-2013-2014)
- 31 Conference Championships (Missouri Valley Conference (2011-2012-2013)
- Since 1960, no other team in Division 1, 2, or 3 NCAA football National Championships than NDSU!
- NDSU joined the powerful Missouri Valley Conference in 2008!
- 8 wins over FBS teams including Big 10 Minnesota (twice), Big 12 Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State Colorado State, Ball State, and MAC Champion Central Michigan.
NDSU BISON PLAYERS IN THE PROS!
- 5 Bison are enshrined in the NCAA Football College Hall Of Fame
- 45 NDSU athletes have been drafted by the NFL or CFL.
- Nearly 200 former Bison players signed pro contracts.
- Current NFL players include Joe Mays (Texans), Craig Dahl (Niners), Ramon Humber (Colts), Paul Cornick, and Kole Heckendorf (Lions)
- Notable NFL players include Phil Hanson (Buffalo Bills Wall Of Fame), Tyrone Braxton (Broncos), Steve Nelson (Patriots Hall Of Fame & retired #57), Lamar Gordon (Rams), Stacey Robinson (New York Giants) and more!
19 BISON PLAYERS HAVE SIGNED NFL CONTRACTS SINCE 2007 INCLUDING:
Craig Dahl, (Giants) Justin Frick (Tampa Bay), Kyle Steffes (Jets) , Joe Mays (6th round pick Eagles), Mike Dragosavich (Patriots), Rob Hunt (5th round) (New Orleans), Nick Schoemer (7th round Titans), Tyler Roehl (Seahawks), Ramone Humber (Colts), Jerimaiah Wurzbacher, Mike Maresh (Vikings), Kole Heckendorf (Packers), Joe Lardinois (Bengals), Tyler Jangula (Saints), Pat Paschall (Patriots), Keith Buckman (Jets), Josh Gatlin (Saints), Paul Cornick (Jets), Matt Veldman (Jaguars). Billy Turner (Dolphins), Marcus Williams (Jets)
FORMER BISON COACHES IN THE NFL INCLUDE:
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley (former NDSU player/coach), Bears Defensive Coordinator, Bob Babich, Seahawks coach Todd Wash, and Kansas City Chiefs coach Pat Perles. Legendary Patriots Coach Ron Erhardt was the Bison coach from 1963-1972 and was also the offensive coordinator on the Super Bowl winning Giants team
HOME STADIUM / ATTENDANCE
- The Bison ranked in the top ten in D1- FCS attendance in 2006-2012. The 2012 season sold out in 1 day!
- In 2012 all games were televised! The 2 nationally broadcast ESPN playoff games had over 2 million viewers. NDSU was on ESPN2 twice, ESPN Gameplan 6 times, ESPN3 11 times, Fox College Sports 4 times, and all home games were broadcast on statewide NBC in HD. Twice NDSU made the SportsCenter top 10 plays of the week!
- Since 2010 the Bison have played games on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1, Statewide NBC, CBS, Fox Sports Net North, Big Ten Network, Altitude, ESPNU, ESPN Gameplan, ESPN3, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, & Fox College Sports.
HARD CORE FANS THAT TRAVEL WELL!
- Bison Fans like to travel and take over other teams stadiums!
- 2011-2012 National Championship games were held in Frisco Texas. Sam Houston State was a short drive away
from the stadium yet NDSU brought an estimated 15,000 fans from over 1,000 miles away!
- In 2007, the Bison brought an estimated 30,000 fans to the Metrodome to watch the Bison beat the Gophers!
- For the 2011-2012 seasons, NDSU played in front of 716,468 people and were seen by millions
Since moving up to D1 Football, the Bison are 7-3 vs BCS level teams including a 4 game winning streak. They have beaten Big Ten Minnesota twice (2007 & 2011), Big 12 Kansas (2010) and Kansas State (2013) , Mountain West Conference Colorado State (2012), and MAC teams Central Michigan (2007 CMU: Eventual MAC Conference Champions) and Ball State (2006). 2 of those losses were on last second field goals. Against Minnesota in 2006, a game winning field goal was blocked by the Gophers as time expired and the herd would lose 10-9. The Bison would win the next 2 games decisively. NDSU is currently ranked #23 in the Sagarin polls, which is a ranking of all D1 teams. (BCS and FCS). Only 3 Big Ten schools rank higher. (OSU, MSU, WI)