The Best Ever?

The Best Ever?

This blog post I’m sure will rile up some, but was just doing some research on a story and looking back and comparing great senior classes, many Bison fans will point to the class of   1983-1986 as the best in NDSU history and it’s hard to argue that, three national titles were produced out of that class, 47 wins in 52 games. The Class of 2010 has long been pegged by Jeff and I as one of the best classes in Bison history and they have a chance to possibly tie that mark with another national championship in 2013, NDSU has racked up 43 wins in 50 games up to this week. Just for accuracy sake, D2 teams maxed out at 13 games, while FCS can play 15, so the current group has played more games. Have a look here:

NDSU Class Of 1983-1986:

  • 1983: 12- 1, won national championship
  • 1984: 11-2, lost championship game
  • 1985: 11-2 , won national championship
  • 1986: 13-0, won national championship
  •  47-5 Record, 3 National Titles                   

Could NDSU’s 2010-13 Class Rank The Best Ever? (Dave Samson-Forum File Photo)

NDSU Class of 2010-2013:
  • 2010: 9-5, lost FCS Quarterfinals
  • 2011: 14-1, won national championship
  • 2012: 14-1, won national championship
  • 2013: 6-0, ???
  • 43-7 Record, 2 National Titles
While we can debate if this is the best class in NDSU history, is it the best in FCS/1-AA history? In my mind there’s two clear-cut cases to compare the recent Bison dominance with and that’s Youngstown State from 1991-1994,  and App State from 2005-08 the Penguins won three titles in four years, Mountaineers three in a row.
Youngstown State Class of 1991-1994:
  • 1991: 12-3, won national championship
  • 1992: 11-3-1, lost championship game
  • 1993: 13-2, won national championship
  • 1994: 14-0-1, won national championship
  • 50-8-2 Record, 3 National Titles
By the way for the fans sick of NDSU-Sam Houston State in back to back titles games, Youngstown State played Marshall three straight years in the championship.
Appalachian State Class of 2005-2008:
  • 2005: 12-3, won national championship
  • 2006: 14-1, won national championship
  • 2007: 13-2, won national championship
  • 2008: 11-3, lost FCS Quarterfinals
  • 50-9 Record, 3 National Titles
Appalachian State deserves to be in the conversation as well, ASU obvious with its 3 straight championships, then followed up with a trip to the Elite 8. Impressive company NDSU could find itself in by the end of the year.



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