|1986 record 13–0 (9–0 NCC)||Home stadium Dacotah Field|
|Conference North Central Conference|
Head coach Earle Solomonson (2nd year)
The 1986 North Dakota State football team represented North Dakota State University during the 1986 NCAA Division II football season, and completed the 90th season of Bison football. The Bison played their home games at Dacotah Field in Fargo, North Dakota. The 1986 team came off an 11–2–1 record from the previous season. The 1986 team was led by coach Earle Solomonson. The team finished the regular season with an undefeated 10–0 record and made the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Bison defeated the South Dakota Coyotes 27–7 in the National Championship Game en route to the program's second consecutive, and third NCAA Division II Football Championship.