2012 North Dakota State Bison football team

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2012 North Dakota State Bison football
North Dakota State Bison wordmark.png
NCAA Division I FCS national champion
MVFC champion
FCS National Championship Game, W 39–13 vs. Sam Houston State
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
Sports Network No. 1
FCS Coaches No. 1
2012 record 14–1 (7–1 MVFC)
Head coach Craig Bohl (10th year)
Offensive coordinator Brent Vigen
Defensive coordinator Chris Klieman
Home stadium Fargodome
(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

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM Robert Morris* No. 2 FargodomeFargo, ND NBC ND/ESPN3 W 52–0   18,769
September 8 6:00 PM at Colorado State* No. 2 Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO NBC ND/KTVD W 22–7   23,567
September 22 3:00 PM Prairie View A&M* No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND NBC ND/ESPN3 W 66–7   18,623
September 29 6:00 PM at No. 14 Northern Iowa No. 1 UNI-DomeCedar Falls, IA KVLY/Panther Sports Network/ KWWL-TV W 33–21   16,008
October 6 1:00 PM No. 3 Youngstown Statedagger No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND NBC ND/ESPN3/ MVFC TV W 48–7   19,065
October 13 3:00 PM Indiana State No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND NBC ND/ESPN3 L 14–17   18,164
October 20 6:00 PM at South Dakota No. 4 Howard Wood FieldSioux Falls, SD Midco SN W 54–0   9,269
October 27 3:00 PM Southern Illinois No. 3 Fargodome • Fargo, ND (Harvest Bowl) NBC ND/FCS W 23–17   18,066
November 3 1:00 PM at Missouri State No. 1 Plaster Sports ComplexSpringfield, MO NBC ND/Mediacom W 21–17   6,253
November 10 3:00 PM No. 16 South Dakota State No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND (Dakota Marker) NBC ND/FCS W 20–17   18,721
November 17 1:00 PM at No. 11 Illinois State No. 1 Hancock StadiumNormal, IL NBC ND W 38–20   6,793
December 1 3:00 PM No. 19 South Dakota State* No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Second Round) ESPN3 W 28–3   18,482
December 8 2:00 PM No. 9 Wofford* No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals) ESPN3 W 14–7   18,267
December 14 7:00 PM No. 5 Georgia Southern* No. 1 Fargodome • Fargo, ND (FCS Playoffs Semifinals) ESPN2 W 23–20   18,484
January 5 12:00 PM vs. No. 5 Sam Houston State* No. 1 FC Dallas StadiumFrisco, TX (FCS Playoffs National Championship Game) ESPN2 W 39–13   21,411
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Ranking movements[edit]

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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