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Published January 01, 2014, 09:38 PM

Bison football players ready to go in Frisco

Frisco, TX (WDAY TV) - Unlike many members of the local media attempting to fly to Texas Wednesday, the Bison football team arrived "on time" and "on schedule," which, in many ways, sums up NDSU's season.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Frisco, TX (WDAY TV) - Unlike many members of the local media attempting to fly to Texas Wednesday, the Bison football team arrived "on time" and "on schedule," which, in many ways, sums up NDSU's season.

42-2. That's the record of NDSU over the past three years; a streak not seen in this division in 20 years. A dominance that, everyone believes, can help the FCS as a whole.

Gene Taylor- NDSU Athletic Director: “I really feel that people look at it and say if they can do it, we can do it. If you invest the dollars, there's a lot of good programs, that if they do that, get the coaching, Towson, Sam Houston's been here last two years, so I think other teams see it as a real challenge to get better and become the next team like us to get here multiple times.”

Tom Burnett- Southland Conference Commissioner: “I don't think it's a bad thing. I think when you have something to shoot for, just like App St. a few years ago, the Bison are at the top of the mountain and people want to emulate what they've done and get there. Some of it can be cyclical. You've got other teams around the country that think they can do some of the things the Bison have done. If I put on my FCS "commish" hat, I'd say they've been great for the subdivision and great ambassadors for all of us.

This Bison season has been the most dominant at this level since Marshall rolled through the division in 1996 with Randy Moss. Earlier Wednesday, I asked Craig Bohl his thoughts on NDSU's dominance in FCS.

Craig Bohl- 11th year as NDSU Head Coach: “I hadn't really thought about it. I know this. Our guys are really focused. They set a goal at the start of the year to go undefeated. That's tough to do and they've got one game left. They've prepared really hard and are focused on that.”

One update on the player front: Wahpeton native Ryan Smith appears to be ready to go for Saturday. His injured hamstring is coming along nicely. We'll hear from Bison and Towson players Thursday. Watch for that on our coverage at 5, 6, and 10.

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