North Dakota State not defending national title for a change

FARGO, N.D. (AP) For the first time in six seasons, North Dakota State's media day festivities were not centered on defending a national championship. Coach Chris Klieman (KLY'-min) says it doesn't feel any different.

The Bison are coming off a season that ended in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision and snapped a record run of five straight FCS titles. It was their first playoff loss since 2010.

Klieman said Wednesday it's ''business as usual'' and there are the same high expectations.

Two of the team's top defensive players were more excited than their coach about the first day of practice. Linebacker Nick DeLuca and defensive tackle Nate Tanguay missed last year's playoffs with injuries.

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