Hang on before you chalk up the Football Championship Subdivision title game as a rematch.
The coaches at North Dakota State and Sam Houston State said Thursday their teams are not carbon copies from a year ago.
''It's two new teams that are playing each other this season,'' Sam Houston coach Willie Fritz said. ''A lot of the offense and defense and kicking game principles are the same, but there are a lot of differences that I can tell from watching the tape.''
The most obvious changes were made with assistant coaches, where NDSU needed to replace its defensive coordinator and the Bearkats brought in practically a new offensive staff. Both units are even better than a year ago.
The Bison, who won last year's game 17-6, will put their top-rated defense against Sam Houston State's No. 2 scoring offense in the Jan. 5 game in Frisco, Texas.
''They are very talented. They've got very good players,'' Fritz said. ''They're quick and fast. They play with great leverage. It's really to...