GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T has added a heavyweight to its football schedule.
The Aggies will travel to Fargo on Sept. 19, 2020, to take on North Dakota State in the 19,000-seat Fargodome.
The Bison have won seven of the last eight NCAA national titles in the Football Championship Subdivision, including the last two in a row.
“We’ve been in conversations with them for several years to see if we can make this game happen,” A&T athletics director Earl Hilton said. “… We’re under no illusions of who we’re facing. We’re excited about the chance to roll the ball out and see what we can do.”
A&T is 22-2 over the last two seasons with back-to-back victories in the Celebration Bowl and two black college national championships.
In that same span, North Dakota State is 29-1 with back-to-back FCS titles. The Bison capped a 15-0 season this year with a 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington in the national championship game.
“Come on, man, that is an FCS program in name only,” Hilton deadpanned. “... It’s a long trip out there, but it’s going to be a revenue-producing game for us. We’ll make a little money. But that’s not what this is about. It’s about our kids getting a chance to face the best. That’s the real draw: Let’s play the best FCS team out there.”
It’s a one-game contract, and A&T will play North Dakota State in its third week of the season. The Bison open at FBS Oregon of the Pac-12, then play a home game against Drake before hosting the Aggies.
A&T has won or shared four of the last five MEAC titles, and the Aggies have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll for 49 consecutive weeks. A&T finished No. 11 this year, as well as No. 12 in the final STATS FCS Top 25 poll.
The Aggies have beaten a higher-division FBS team each of the last three years, scoring road wins at Kent State, UNC-Charlotte and East Carolina.