Will host the SDSU vs. Eastern Illinois winner Dec. 1.
FARGO, N.D.--Defending national champion North Dakota State University earned the top seed and a first round bye in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs that start next weekend. The Bison will play the South Dakota State-Eastern Illinois winner on Dec. 1 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
North Dakota State (10-1) won the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference title and received the conference's automatic bid. NDSU is making its third straight NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearance and the program’s 26th postseason appearance overall including 17 in the Division II playoffs.
The Bison won the 2011 NCAA FCS national championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7, 2012, in Frisco, Texas.
North Dakota State, the No. 2 seed last season, posted home wins over James Madison (26-14), Lehigh (24-0) and Georgia Southern (35-7) to advance.
The Bison are 41-14 overall in the postseason including a 6-1 record in the NCAA FCS playoffs and 31-12 record in NCAA Division II.