FARGO — North Dakota State could be heading to the Volunteer State.
Assistant athletic director Todd Phelps told WDAY athletic director Dom Izzo that the Bisons are in talks to face Tennessee State in a home-and-home series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
The Bison would host the Tigers at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome in the 2024 season, then face Tennessee State at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
Tennessee State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference located in Nashville. The Tigers are coached by 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, who he took on as coach ahead of the 2021 season.
Phelps added that he contacted Power Five schools in Utah and South Carolina for potential games in the 2025 season, but was turned down each time. “I called Utah two weeks ago and didn’t hear anything. South Carolina was a definite no.”
The NDSU will play its second “destination game” in 2023 when the Bison travel to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to face Eastern Washington on Sept. 2.
More than 35,000 fans packed Target Field in 2019 when the Bisons beat Butler, 57-10.
The home game with TSU would complete the 2024 schedule, which already includes an FBS game at Colorado, a road game at East Tennessee State and a home game with Towson.
The 2025 schedule calls for a non-conference game with St. Thomas scheduled for November.
The 2024 and 2025 schedules are 12 game seasons, allowing NDSU and other FCS schools to schedule an additional game over the usual 11.
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