This week, all 10 MVFC teams are in action, including five games on Thursday, Aug. 29. Five teams host games (all vs. FCS schools) and five teams are on the road (all at FBS schools).
- Full notes available as PDF (at right).
Welcome to the Show
The Missouri Valley Football Conference welcomes two new head coaches to the league in 2013, as Bob Nielson (Western Illinois) and Mike Sanford (Indiana State) start their tenures with games this week.
What’s in Store This Week
All 10 MVFC schools are in action in the opening week, with five games on Thursday, one on Friday, and four on Saturday. Five games are on the road (all at FBS opponents), and five games are at home (all against FCS schools). Last year, the MVFC recorded a 3-9 record against FBS programs, and an FCS-best 17-4 record against fellow FCS schools (see chart at left).
Approximately 50 league games will air on a myriad of television networks during the 2013 season. The Conference will produce seven league games as part of its 2013 Game of the Week package, and more than 40 additional games will air in conjunction with MVFC institutional packages. Every game in Week One is on television.
Bison Picked No. 1 in League
North Dakota State has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2013. NDSU, the defending national champion, has won 28 of its past 30 games (going 14-1 each year). The Bison were a unanimous choice to repeat, earning 39 of a possible 39 first-place votes, in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.
Best vs. the Rest in 2012
The MVFC was a collective 17-4 against non-conference FCS teams last year.
Best in Show in 2012
Last year, the MVFC was the top rated conference in both the Sagarin and Gridiron Power Index ratings. North Dakota State held the best ranking of all FCS programs.
Against the Big Dogs
In 2012, there were 10 FCS wins against FBS teams, and the MVFC had three of those 10 wins. In 2011, there were six FCS wins against FBS teams, and Missouri Valley Football had two of them. Notably, the MVFC was 2-8 in 2011 vs. the FBS (the league was 3-9 last year).
FCS Wins vs. FBS Teams in 2012
Aug. 30 McNeese State 27, Middle Tennessee 21
Aug. 30 Eastern Washington 20, Idaho 3
Sept. 1 Youngstown State 31, Pittsburgh 17
Sept. 1 Tennessee-Martin 20, Memphis 17
Sept. 8 North Dakota State 22, Colorado State 7
Sept. 8 Illinois State 31, Eastern Michigan 14
Sept. 8 Northern Arizona 17, UNLV 14
Sept. 8 Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28
Sept. 15 Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22
Sept. 29 Stony Brook 23, Army 3
MVFC Against the BCS
Youngstown State’s win against Pittsburgh on Sept. 1, 2012, marked the MVFC’s first against a member of the BIG EAST, and Valley Football members now have 10 wins against teams from the BCS leagues.
Against the FBS
The MVFC has 33 wins against FBS schools since 1985, including at least one every year from 1996 through 2003. The league went 2-8 against the FBS in 2011, and the MVFC was 3-9 in 2012. The 3 FBS wins matches a league record (set in 1987).
Three Wins Against the FBS
The MVFC’s three wins against the FBS in 2012 mark the first time since 1987 that the league has had three-such victories in the same season. The MVFC has now had multiple FBS wins in the same year 10 times.
NDSU - First With Three in a Row
North Dakota State is the first team in league history to win a game against an FBS foe in three-straight years (Kansas-2010; Minnesota-2011; Colorado State-2012). The Bison open up at Kansas State on Friday.
Defending National Champs
League member North Dakota State is the two-time defending national champion. The Bison defeated Sam Houston State, 39-13, in the FCS Title Game in Frisco, Texas, last January. It marks the fourth national championship for an MVFC member. Here’s what the league’s national champions have done in the year after claiming a national title.
Previous Missouri Valley Football National Champs
1997 - Youngstown State (1998 -- 6-5, t3rd MVFC)
2002 - Western Kentucky (2003 -- 9-4, t3rd MVFC)
2011 - North Dakota State (2012 -- 14-1, 1st MVFC)
2012 - North Dakota State (2013 -- ?)