FARGO, N.D. (KXNET) — North Dakota State is staying on top after being ranked No. 1 in the Stats Perform FCS Preseason Top 25 announced Monday, Aug. 8. They collected 52 of the 54 first-place votes in the national media poll.

The Bison have 13 starters returning from last year’s 14-1 team that won the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 7-1 league record and claimed the team’s 9th FCS National Championship.

Other Missouri Valley Football Conference teams that ended up in the Top 25 include — Northern Iowa at No. 21, Southern Illinois at No. 9, Missouri State at No. 5, and South Dakota State at No. 2, (SDSU was the only other team to receive a first-place vote).

The No. 1 ranked Bison open their season on September 3rd at the FargoDome against Drake.