FCS Football: North Dakota State, Montana Headline Winningest FCS Programs This Century

Check out the top 25 in wins and winning percentage

While winning eight national titles, North Dakota State posted the best record in the FCS programs during the 2010s.

 

But considering the Bison didn't move into Division I until 2004, does a decade's worth of dominance allow for them to be the winningest FCS program since the turn of the century?

 

Yes and no.

 

North Dakota State has the FCS' best winning percentage over the first 20 years of the 21st century — a 181-35 (.838) record, including the absurd 137-13 (.913) mark in the 2010s. The .838 winning percentage also is best in Division I, edging Boise State and Ohio State, who are both 219-43 (.836).

 

But Montana, which has played in all 20 years of the century, has the most FCS wins — 198, or 17 more than NDSU. The Griz are 198-67 (.747) overall, also tying for the sixth-most wins in Division I.

 

Does your favorite FCS power make the top 25 lists this century?

 

Let’s find out:

 

FCS Most Wins (2000-19)

1. Montana, 198

2. North Dakota State, 181

3. James Madison, 170

4. Northern Iowa, 166

5. Eastern Washington, 164

6. Dayton, 162

7. San Diego, 160

8. Sam Houston State, 158

9. Jacksonville State, 156

T-10. Grambling State, McNeese and New Hampshire, 155

13. Wofford, 154

14. Bethune-Cookman, 151

15. Harvard, 150

16. Villanova, 148

17. Colgate, 146

18. Lehigh, 145

T-19. Delaware, Duquesne and South Carolina State, 142

22. Richmond, 139

23. Montana State, 138

T-24. Drake and Furman, 137

 

FCS Highest Win Percentage (2000-19)

1. North Dakota State, 181-35 (.838)

2. Old Dominion*, 46-14 (.767)

3. Kennesaw State, 48-15 (.762)

4. Harvard, 150-49 (.754)

5. Troy State*, 9-3 (.750)

6. Montana, 198-67 (.747)

7. Dayton, 162-59 (.733)

8. San Diego, 160-63 (.717)

9. Appalachian State*, 131-52 (.716)

10. Western Kentucky*, 61-26 (.701)

11. Coastal Carolina*, 114-54 (.679)

12. Georgia Southern*, 119-57 (.676)

13. James Madison, 170-82 (.675)

14. McNeese, 155-76 (.671)

15. Bethune-Cookman, 151-75 (.668)

16. Jacksonville State, 156-79 (.664)

17. Grambling State, 155-79 (.662)

18. Eastern Washington, 164-84 (.661)

19. Central Arkansas, 109-57 (.657)

20. Northern Iowa, 166-87 (.656)

21. Duquesne, 142-78 (.645)

22. Wofford, 154-86 (.642)

23. Penn, 127-72 (.638)

24. South Florida*, 7-4 (.636)

25. Sam Houston State, 158-91 (.635)

 

*Currently an FBS member

 

— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.

 

(Photo courtesy of North Dakota State Athletics)

 

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