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Bison schedule non-conference games with another perennial FCS power in Delaware

FARGO--North Dakota State and scheduling perennial powers in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision is becoming trendy. The Bison and Delaware announced a home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to play each other in 2018 and 2019.

Delaware Blue Hens quarterback Joe Walker passes the ball in a game against North Carolina last season. USA TODAY photo.
Delaware Fightin Blue Hens quarterback Joe Walker (3) passes the ball in the third quarter against North Carolina on Sept. 26, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Bob Donnan / USA TODAY Sports)

FARGO-North Dakota State and scheduling perennial powers in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision is becoming trendy. The Bison and Delaware announced a home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to play each other in 2018 and 2019.

NDSU will host the Blue Hens in the season opener on Sept. 1, 2018 and will travel to Newark, Del., for a Sept. 14, 2019 game. It will be the first two meetings between power teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.

"Delaware is one of the more storied programs in FCS football and has a great tradition and fan base," NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said in a university release.

NDSU has won five straight FCS titles and will open defense of a sixth Aug. 27 against Charleston Southern at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The Blue Hens own a national title from 2003 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2010.

"We are excited to bring one of the elite programs in the nation to Delaware Stadium and look forward to that first meeting in 2018," said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. "Both administrations did a great job pulling this together and making this happen."

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NDSU already has home games scheduled in 2019 with Butler and the University of North Dakota, making a road game easier on the schedule. The 2018 game is the first announced non-conference opponent for the Bison.

NDSU hosts Eastern Washington this season in a home-and-home deal that will see the Bison travel to Eastern next year.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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