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North Dakota St. Beats #13 Iowa - Ranked #1 in FCS Polls

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Team of Week - North Dakota St

North Dakota State’s 23-21 scored another huge win over a division one opponent when they beat #13 Iowa on Saturday in Iowa City. Bison fans are familiar with beating D1 programs. North Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision (used to be Division I-AA) power, has won six consecutive games against top-level opponents since 2010.

And the Bisons received a check for $500,000 for beating the ranked Hawkeyes on their home field.
North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles and is top ranked again this season. They hope to match the FCS record for six consecutive titles held by Georgia Southern. They keep reloading every season despite losing top talent like QB Carson Wentz who lead the Bison for their most recent two titles. Wentz is currently a rookie starting QB for the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bison’s last five wins over Football Bowl Subdivision teams weren’t exactly powerhouses. Those opponents finished with combined records of 20-41. North Dakota State’s first two wins this season came in overtime, vs Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington. They continued their dramatics against Iowa. The Bison won on a 37-yard field goal by Cam Pedersen as time expired. North Dakota State beat Iowa at its own smash-mouth game, rushing for 239 yards and holding the Hawkeyes to just 34 yards in 25 carries.

In the meantime, QB Easton Stick, who guided the Bison to eight wins last season when Wentz was injured, ran his college career record to 11-0 by completing 11 of 19 passes for 124 yards and 1 TD and running for 35 yards.

FCS Coaches Poll - Sept. 19, 2016
Team (First-Place Votes), Points, Record

1. North Dakota State (26), 650 - 3-0
2. Sam Houston State, 605 - 2-0
3. Chattanooga, 583 - 3-0
4. Jacksonville State, 558 - 2-1
5. Eastern Washington, 556 - 2-1
6. Montana, 509 - 2-0
7. James Madison, 429 - 2-1
8. William & Mary, 426 - 2-1
9. Richmond, 419 - 2-1
10. The Citadel, 372 - 3-0
11. Charleston Southern, 368 - 1-2
12. Illinois State, 363 - 2-1
13. Western Illinois, 326 - 2-0
14. Northern Iowa, 310 - 1-2
15. Villanova, 250 - 2-1
16. Eastern Illinois 206 - 2-1
17. Youngstown State, 187 - 2-1
18. South Dakota State, 184 - 1-2
19. Harvard, 127 - 1-0
20. McNeese State, 123 - 1-2
21. Colgate, 119 - 1-1
22. North Carolina A&T, 118 - 2-1
23. Albany, 110 - 3-0
24. Stony Brook, 109 - 2-1
25. Portland State, 93 - 1-2
25. Northern Arizona, 93 - 1-2

Others receiving votes: Southern Utah 62, Cal Poly 37, North Dakota 25, Samford 24, Liberty 22, Stephen F. Austin 14, Grambling State 12, Jackson State 11, Fordham 10, Wofford 9, Southeast Missouri State 8, Eastern Kentucky 6, Dartmouth 4, Monmouth 3, Tennessee Tech 3, Towson 2, Montana State 2, New Hampshire 1, Delaware 1, Southeastern Louisiana 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites