Oregon Ducks, North Dakota State reschedule for 2028 season opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Due to the coronavirus pandemic cancelling North Dakota State's trip to Autzen Stadium last fall, the two schools have rescheduled for the Bison to play Oregon on September 2, 2028 in Eugene, OR.
It will be the first meeting between the two programs.
The Bison agreed to play Oregon to open the 2020 season in August 2015 with a payout of $650,000.
"The anticipation for all of our fanbase for that game was really high," NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen told WDAY Sports. "And you look at the team we would have taken the field with, potentially could have been one of the best NDSU teams ever. We would have had a great turnout, there's no guarantees you win, but we would have a great effort out there."
If the game had happened last year, it's possible the Bison would have had the best player on the field in Trey Lance who went third overall during the 2021 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers.
Oregon routinely schedules one FCS opponent at home per season, with Stony Brook (September 18th, 2021), Eastern Washington (September 10th, 2022), Portland State (September 2nd, 2023 and September 19th, 2026), Idaho (August 24th, 2024) and Montana State (August 30th, 2025) all on the books.