NDSU is the three-time defending FCS national champion, and received 18 of the 26 first-place votes in the poll. Its opens the season against Iowa State on Aug. 30 and have won 24 straight games.
The Bison will try for an unprecedented fourth straight national title, but must do so with a new coach and a new quarterback. Craig Bohl took the head coaching job at Wyoming and defensive coordinator Chris Klieman was promoted. Carson Wentz takes over a quarterback for Brock Jensen, who graduated.
- Scooby Axson