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NDSU Group of Five Options for 2018

NDSU Group of Five Options for 2018

North Dakota State begins spring football two weeks from today in anticipation of what should be an interesting 2017. Of course the Bison are still looking for opponents in 2018, in a follow up to my blog post on the Power 5 options, I again did some research on the Group of Five schools that have open dates.

The Group of Five consists of schools from Conference USA, American, Sun Belt, Mountain West and MAC. One reminder though, none of these schools will offer large paydays, likely none above 300,000 dollars. Also I don’t believe either NDSU would call or that school would take the phone call. Have a look, any stand out?

  • Cincinnati (9/15)
  • Houston (9/22)
  • Central Florida (9/8)
  • Charlotte (already has FCS opponent – Fordham)
  • Florida International (9/8 or 9/22)
  • Florida Atlantic (already has FCS opponent – Bethune-Cookman)
  • Louisiana Tech (already has FCS opponent – Southern)
  • Marshall (9/8)
  • Middle Tennessee State (9/8 or 9/22)
  • North Texas (already has FCS opponent – Incarnate Word)
  • Old Dominion (already has FCS opponent – VMI)
  • Rice (already had 4 non-conference games)
  • Southern Miss (already has FCS opponent – Jackson State)
  • UAB (doesn’t have available date w/NDSU)
  • UTEP (already has FCS opponent – Northern Arizona)
  • UTSA (already had 4 non-conference dates)
  • Western Kentucky (already has FCS opponent – Maine)
  • Liberty (9/15 or 9/22)
  • Akron (9/8 or 9/15)
  • Ball State (already has FCS opponent – Central Connecticut State)
  • Bowling Green (already has FCS opponent – Eastern Kentucky)
  • Buffalo (already has FCS opponent – Delaware State)
  • Central Michigan (already has FCS opponent – Maine)
  • Eastern Michigan (already has FCS opponent – Monmouth)
  • Kent State (already has FCS opponent – Howard)
  • Miami (OH) (already has 4 non-conference games)
  • Northern Illinois (already has 4 non-conference games)
  • Ohio (already has FCS opponent – Howard)
  • Toledo (already has FCS opponent – VMI)
  • Western Michigan (9/8 or 9/15)
  • Air Force (already has FCS opponent – Stony Brook)
  • Boise State (already has 4 non-conference games)
  • Colorado State (already has FCS opponent – Illinois State)
  • Fresno State (already has 4 non-conference games)
  • Hawaii (already had FCS opponent – Duquesne)
  • Nevada (9/8)
  • New Mexico (already has FCS opponent – Incarnate Word)
  • San Diego State (already has FCS opponent – Sacramento State)
  • San Jose State (already has FCS opponent – UC Davis)
  • UNLV (9/8 or 9/15)
  • Utah State (9/8, 9/15 or 9/22)
  • Wyoming (already has FCS opponent – Wofford)
  • Appalachian State (already has FCS opponent – Gardner-Webb)
  • Arkansas State (already has FCS opponent – SEMO)
  • Coastal Carolina (9/15 or 9/22)
  • Georgia Southern (already has FCS opponent – Presbyterian)
  • Georgia State (already has FCS opponent – Kennesaw State)
  • New Mexico State (filled)
  • South Alabama (already has FCS opponent – Alabama State)
  • Texas State (9/8 or 9/15)
  • Troy (already has FCS opponent – Presbyterian)
  • Lafayette (already has FCS opponent – Lafayette)
  • Louisiana-Monroe (9/15)
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