When NDSU kicks off its 2016 football season on Saturday night against Charleston Southern they'll officially begin a trek that it hopes ends in Frisco, Texas, the home of the FCS national championship game.
NDSU's run of five straight national titles is unheard of, or, as Bloomberg put it – NDSU's "dynasty is unmatched in the 146-year history of college football’s top ranks."
Think about this for a second: No team in the FBS – college football's top division – has won more than two straight national championships. The Gophers did it (1940-41) and Alabama is the most recent (2011-12).
The next greatest run in FCS (the league NDSU plays in) is Appalachian State's three straight (2004-07) and the longest Division II and III streaks are three and four in a row.
The Bison are simply killing opponents. Check the facts:
- 42 straight non-conference home wins
- Won 52 of last 53 non-conference home games
- Won 14 games by at least 30 points over the last three years
- 8 defensive starters are back this season
- Defense allowed just 217 yards per game in the playoffs last year
- Leading rusher King Frazier is back (1,100 yards, 11 TD)
- They also have three other highly touted running backs
- Linebacker Nick DeLuca is the only FCS player on the Butkus Award Watch List
- The offensive line is huge ... and talented
- Scout called left guard Zack Johnson a road grader and NDSU's best NFL prospect
- The Bison have won five straight against FBS teams
They can make it six straight wins against FBS opponents when they play at Iowa in Week 3.
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Make no mistake. NDSU is the heavy favorite to win a sixth straight national title, and per usual, fans will be lined up for miles on Friday night just to make sure they get the best tailgating spots around the Fargodome.
"It sends chills up my spine when I drive home on Friday night, after our meetings end, and there are RVs and cars waiting in line for a mile or two, spending the night so they can be first in line at the Fargodome," head coach Chris Klieman told Sports Illustrated. "I haven't been to Michigan, Ohio State, those things. But of all the FCS places I've been to, there's no comparison how passionate these fans are at a tailgate."
We'll be part of that mix on Saturday and we'll come back with an amazing photo gallery, game recap and video profiling what it's like to be an NDSU fan on game day.
Check back this weekend for more on NDSU football.