FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Top-ranked North Dakota State has drawn the top seed for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and could meet one of its rivals in the second round.

The defending national champion Bison (10-1) will not have to leave Fargo for the playoffs, unless they earn a return trip to the national championship game on Jan. 5, in Frisco, Texas. NDSU also gets a bye week for the first round of the playoffs.

"For me and a couple of the offensive linemen and I know the linebackers, just to get healed up and rested — another couple of days really does play an important role in having that extra spark," center Joe Lund told WDAY-TV.

NDSU's second-round opponent at the Fargodome on Dec. 1 will be the winner of the first-round game this Saturday between South Dakota State (8-3) and Eastern Illinois (7-4). That game is at SDSU.

NDSU beat SDSU 20-17 earlier this month in Fargo.

NDSU remains the No. 1 team in this week's Sports Network poll after a 38-20 win over Illinois State over the weekend. SDSU moves up two spots to No. 19 after a 31-8 win over South Dakota.

"Some programs would be giddy, thinking they accomplished something," Jackrabbits coach John Stiegelmeier told the Argus Leader newspaper. "All we have is an opportunity to accomplish something. I told (the team) that and nobody went, 'uh huh.' It was, 'We know, coach.'"

NDSU won the FCS title last season with a 17-6 victory over Sam Houston State in the championship game.

The 1,500 available tickets for this year's second-round game sold out within hours on Sunday afternoon. Season ticket holders have until Nov. 27 to claim their seats. Any unclaimed tickets will go on sale to the public Nov. 28.