FARGO, N.D. (AP) The two teams that gave the Football Championship Subdivision a thrilling finish last season were tabbed Monday by Missouri Valley Football Conference followers to once again decide the league title - and maybe more.
A poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors gives four-time defending FCS champ North Dakota State a slight edge over the Illinois State Redbirds, who took the Bison down to the final seconds of January's title game before falling 29-27. The two teams had tied for the conference crown.
NDSU earned 32 of a possible 40 first-place votes for 389 points. Illinois State received the other eight first-place votes and 366 points. Northern Iowa was picked to finish third in the league, followed by Youngstown State, South Dakota State, Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Missouri State and South Dakota.