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2012 North Dakota State Bison football team

The 2012 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by tenth-year head coach Craig Bohl and played their home games at the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota. North Dakota State entered the season as the defending NCAA Division I Football and Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) champions. In 2012, the Bison won their second straight MVFC title posting, a 7–1 conference record and 10–1 overall mark in the regular season. In the FCS playoffs they defeated South Dakota State, Wofford, Georgia Southern, and Sam Houston State to finish the season 14–1 and win their second consecutive national title.

2012 North Dakota State Bison football
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.svg
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
MVFC champion
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 1
FCS CoachesNo. 1
2012 record14–1 (7–1 MVFC)
Head coachCraig Bohl (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrent Vigen (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorChris Klieman (1st season)
Home stadiumFargodome
(Capacity: 18,700)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 North Dakota State $^   7 1         14 1  
#14 South Dakota State ^   6 2         9 4  
#8 Illinois State ^   5 3         9 4  
Indiana State   5 3         7 4  
Southern Illinois   5 3         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         7 4  
Northern Iowa   4 4         5 6  
Missouri State   3 5         3 8  
Western Illinois   1 7         3 8  
South Dakota   0 8         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 PMRobert Morris*No. 2NBC ND/ESPN3W 52–018,769
September 86:00 PMat Colorado State*No. 2NBC ND/KTVDW 22–723,567
September 223:00 PMPrairie View A&M*No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN3W 66–718,623
September 296:00 PMat No. 14 Northern IowaNo. 1KVLY/Panther Sports Network/ KWWL-TVW 33–2116,008
October 61:00 PMNo. 3 Youngstown State No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN3/ MVFC TVW 48–719,065
October 133:00 PMIndiana StateNo. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND
NBC ND/ESPN3L 14–1718,164
October 206:00 PMat South DakotaNo. 4Midco SNW 54–09,269
October 273:00 PMSouthern IllinoisNo. 3
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (Harvest Bowl)
NBC ND/FCSW 23–1718,066
November 31:00 PMat Missouri StateNo. 1NBC ND/MediacomW 21–176,253
November 103:00 PMNo. 16 South Dakota StateNo. 1
NBC ND/FCSW 20–1718,721
November 171:00 PMat No. 11 Illinois StateNo. 1NBC NDW 38–206,793
December 13:00 PMNo. 19 South Dakota State*No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Second Round)
ESPN3W 28–318,482
December 82:00 PMNo. 9 Wofford*No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals)
ESPN3W 14–718,267
December 147:00 PMNo. 6 Georgia Southern*No. 1
  • Fargodome
  • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Semifinals)
ESPN2W 23–2018,484
January 512:00 PMvs. No. 5 Sam Houston State*No. 1ESPN2W 39–1321,411

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
Sports Network 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 
Coaches 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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