The Bison, led by fifth-year head coach Chris Klieman, finished the regular season 11–0 and received the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs. They defeated Montana State, No. 8 seed Colgate, and No. 5 seed South Dakota State to reach the Championship Game. NDSU won the title by defeating the No. 3 seed Eastern Washington 38-24.