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North Dakota State and Illinois State are back to practicing as they prepare for the upcoming NCAA Division I Football Championship Game.


The two Missouri Valley Football Conference co-champions had a holiday break last week following wins in the national semifinals. After not meeting in the regular season, they will square off on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas.

North Dakota State (14-1), which is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight FCS title, returned to practice in Fargo on Sunday. Illinois State (13-1), appearing in the championship game for the
first time, was back to practicing again in Normal on Monday.

Their championship meeting will be the first in FCS history between two teams from the same conference. The FCS began conducting playoffs in 1978.

Both teams will travel to Frisco on Jan. 7. This will be the fifth straight year the FCS championship game will be played at Toyota Stadium, just north of Dallas.

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