FCS title game pairs Montana State, eight-time champ North Dakota State

AP photo by Bruck Kluckhohn / North Dakota State football coach Matt Entz watches his team play against Central Arkansas on Oct. 3, 2020, in Fargo, N.D.

FRISCO, Texas - Montana State will play for a national title for the first time since 1984, thanks to consecutive playoff wins over the teams that met in the Football Championship Subdivision final less than eight months ago.

Now the Bobcats face North Dakota State University, which holds the record with eight FCS titles - all in the previous 10 seasons - and has never lost when making the trip from Fargo to Frisco. The Bison also ended Montana State's past two playoff appearances in 2018-19, both by lopsided margins.

"To have NDSU as our opponent ... I think our guys looked at this opportunity when it was laid out with the brackets," said first-year Montana State head coach Brent Vigen, who played tight end for the Bison during the mid-1990s, when they were competing in Division II.

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