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Bison schedule non-conference games with another perennial FCS power

Sep 26, 2015; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Delaware Fightin Blue Hens quarterback Joe Walker (3) passes the ball in the third quarter. The Tar Heels defeated the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens 41-14 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory

FARGO -- North Dakota State and scheduling perennial powers in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision is becoming trendy. The Bison and Delaware announced a home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to play each other in 2018 and 2019.

NDSU will host the Blue Hens in the season opener on Sept. 1, 2018 and will travel to Newark, Del., for a Sept. 14, 2019 game. It will be the first two meetings between power teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.

“Delaware is one of the more storied programs in FCS football and has a great tradition and fan base,” NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen said in a university release.

NDSU has won five straight FCS titles and will open defense of a sixth Aug. 27 against Charleston Southern at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The Blue Hens own a national title from 2003 and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2010.

“We are excited to bring one of the elite programs in the nation to Delaware Stadium and look forward to that first meeting in 2018,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “Both administrations did a great job pulling this together and making this happen.”

NDSU already has home games scheduled in 2019 with Butler and the University of North Dakota, making a road game easier on the schedule. The 2018 game is the first announced non-conference opponent for the Bison.

NDSU hosts Eastern Washington this season in a home-and-home deal that will see the Bison travel to Eastern next year.