The FBS drought is over. NDSU announced Friday that the Bison will play Oregon on September 5th, 2020. This is not like any other opponent that the Bison have played, more highly thought of than Kansas State.
The Ducks are near the top of the college football mountain right now, Oregon has won four straight bowl games, the Rose Bowl in 2012 (beat Wisconsin, the chrome helmet game); Fiesta Bowl in ’13 beating Kansas State, the Alamo Bowl in ’13 romping Texas and then this year’s Rose Bowl in routing Florida State. Oregon has played in two of the last five national title games, losing to Auburn and Ohio State.
This type of opponent is what NDSU fans have been dreaming about for a while, especially on this blog and now they have their wish. Quite frankly, I thought the days of the FBS games were over, it had been nearly four full years since the last game was announced, the 2016 game at Iowa. With the Big 10’s edict of not playing the FCS anymore, the pool of candidates is shrinking. NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen told me he’s been working on this game for nearly two months, remember the Bison softball team was in Eugene back in May. Larsen knows Oregon’s deputy athletic director from his days at Stony Brook and that’s where the traction on this game started.
NDSU will be paid 650,000 thousand dollars for the game, the richest payday in school history, it comes with a one million dollar buyout for each school. Larsen told me he’s not done on FBS games, he’s working on games for 2018 and 2019, ’19 is a special year where FCS teams are allowed to play 12 games, much like last season. 2017 is out because NDSU already has a game scheduled at Eastern Washington. The only game scheduled for ’19 so far is the back end of the UND series, which will be played in Fargo.
Matt Larsen will join Kolpack and me on the radio Saturday morning at 9:35, here’s the story from WDAY on Friday.