North Dakota State: The great FCS college football dynasty
North Dakota State might seem hidden, located in the midwest and competing at the FCS level, but make no mistake -- the Bison have developed a college football dynasty. Under head coach Craig Bohl, NDSU won the past three FCS championships, a feat that not even Alabama head coach Nick Saban has accomplished (nor did Notre Dame legend Knute Rockne).
Since its beginning, North Dakota State was built around its midwestern attitude, placing a large emphasis on the big men in the trenches. The Bison's goal, throughout its history, has been to wear out an opponent. When games got close late in the fourth quarter, Bohl reacted unconventionally and slowed down his offense with a run-heavy attack.
Recently, North Dakota State has broken into the mainstream spotlight. The Bison were featured on ESPN's College Gameday and shocked reigning Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21 in the 2013 season opener. However with that attention comes envy from other schools. During the offseason, Bohl left to coach at Wyoming while athletic director Gene Taylor took a deputy AD job at Iowa.
Now, North Dakota State enters the 2014 season under new head coach Chris Klieman. But Taylor, the Bison's former AD, says that continuing their success won't be as hard to repeat as outsiders might imagine.
"When we talk about someone leaving, whether it’s me or Craig, it’s not about the individual," Taylor said. "Do you have a culture for winning and success? Do you have a culture that people want to support?
"That was in place long before I was at North Dakota State."
How North Dakota State built the college football dynasty you've never heard of http://t.co/4UzIqnr8ak— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) August 13, 2014