FCS National Championship Game Week

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Number two seed North Dakota State returns to the NCAA Division I Football Championship game for the sixth time in seven years Saturday, January 6th, 2018.

The Bison will take on top-seeded defending champion James Madison at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The NDSU and JMU series is tied 1-1 with both previous games being played at the Fargodome. NDSU won 26-14 in the 2011 FCS second round and JMU won 27-17 in the 2016 FCS semifinals.

The Bison are 4-1 against CAA opponents including FCS semifinal wins over New Hampshire (2013) and Richmond (2015) and a national championship win over Towson (2013).

"Two teams that probably should have been on this collision course this year," NDSU head coach Chris Klieman said Monday. "We have so much respect for what they do. We've watched every game for the last two years on these guys. This is a great program that is doing it the right way with really really talented players and really good coaching staff. Watching them on film, in the, what is this? The sixth time we've played in this game? By far the best opponent we've played. Not even close."