Sept. 9, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Never in its football history has the University of Wyoming played a team from the state of North Dakota -- that is until this week.
Wyoming will host the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday in a game scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. from Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
The NDSU Bison, play football at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, which formerly was known as NCAA Division I-AA. As of the most recent Football Championship Subdivision (FBS, formerly NCAA I-AA) polls, the North Dakota State Bison are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. In the FBS Coaches' Poll, released Sept. 8, 2008, NDSU is ranked No. 1. In the Sports Network Poll, released Sept. 2, the Bison are ranked No. 2.
Since Joe Glenn took over as head coach of the Cowboys in the 2003 season, Wyoming has played only two FCS members schools. Wyoming won both of those games, over Montana State (21-10 on Aug. 30, 2003) in Glenn's first game as Wyoming head coach to start the 2003 season, and over Appalachian State (53-7) in 2004.
In addition to his 2-0 record versus Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents as head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys, Joe Glenn posted a 37-5 (.881) record versus FCS teams while head coach of the Montana Grizzlies. For his career, Glenn has posted a 39-5 (.886) record versus FCS teams. Glenn's total record as head coach at Montana was 39-6, with two wins and one loss coming versus Bowl Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-A teams.
The Wyoming Cowboys will be the fifth NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly NCAA Division I-A) opponent for the North Dakota State Bison over the past three seasons. NDSU has played Ball State and Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference and Minnesota of the Big Ten Conference, on two occasions, prior to traveling to Laramie to face the Cowboys this week.
Below are NDSU's results versus FBS schools over the past three seasons. The Bison are 3-1 versus FBS schools over the past three seasons. The Bison began their transition from the NCAA Division II level to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level in 2004.
Date - Football Bowl Subdivision Opponents - Score
Sept. 23, 2006 - at Ball State - NDSU won, 29-24
Oct. 21, 2006 - at Minnesota - NDSU lost, 9-10
Sept. 22, 2007 - at Central Michigan - NDSU won, 44-14
Oct. 20, 2007 - at Minnesota - NDSU won, 27-21
While the Wyoming Cowboys will be playing North Dakota State for the first time in the two schools' histories this week, Cowboy head coach Joe Glenn has faced the Bison many times as a head coach. His Northern Colorado Bears were conference rivals of NDSU for many years in the North Central Conference when both schools were NCAA Division II members.
Glenn has a 5-7 (.417) record against the Bison. He won each of the last two games he coached against NDSU back in 1998 and `99. He also won three of his last four meetings versus North Dakota State.
The two head coaches in this week's meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and North Dakota State Bison share something in common -- they are both natives of Lincoln, Neb.
Following their schoolboy days in Lincoln, Glenn went on to play football at the University of South Dakota. Craig Bohl was a reserve defensive back at the University of Nebraska.
While Glenn is in his 24th season as a head coach, Bohl is only in his sixth season as a head coach -- all of those coming at North Dakota State.. Prior to taking over as head coach at NDSU in 2003, Bohl was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2000-02.
There will be no television coverage of Saturday's game, but the Cowboy Sports Network broadcast will begin one hour before kickoff at Noon, Mountain Time on the 27 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network.