It appears North Dakota State will go with 11 football games next season, instead of the maximum 12 allowed that many Division I Football Championship Subdivision schools seem to be shooting for. Athletic director Gene Taylor said progress is being made in replacing Western Carolina on the schedule.
Western will either pay a buyout or have the date moved to a future year. One reason for deciding on 11 games is the number of games NDSU has played in the last two seasons — 30. If the Bison happen to make another playoff run, “that’s just a lot of football,” Taylor said.
He said head coach Craig Bohl is fine with 11 games.It does mean the Bison will need a successful regular season run to combat other programs that have the benefit of achieving the extra Division I victory. The Division I selection committee historically favors an 8-4 team over a 7-4 team, assuming they have similar resumes.