The 2018 schedule preview series continues today with the second game on the schedule, another home game in North Alabama. The Lions are an interesting team to look at as they will be playing their first season of Division 1 football this fall. North Alabama was a Division 2 power, they are the only team to have the distinction of winning three straight championships in that division, something that NDSU didn’t even do. They will be an FCS Independent this season, much like UND, and then will join the Big South in 2019. UNA will be eligible for the postseason in 2022.
North Alabama Lions
- Gulf South Conference, 5-5 record in 2017
- Three-time national champion in Division 2
- All-time series: NDSU leads 1-0, Bison beat North Alabama 35-7 in 1985 Palm Bowl. Bison then won titles in 1986, 1988 and 1990 in Florence, Alabama, the site of North Alabama University.
- UNA was the host of the Division 2 Football National Championship from 1986-2013.
- NDSU will pay North Alabama 230,000 for the game