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UNI, SDSU get first place votes in Valley football poll; USD picked 8th

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South Dakota has been picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference poll. South Dakota has been picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference poll.

North Dakota State has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2014. NDSU, the defending national champion, has won 24-straight games, and 43 of its past 45 games (going 14-1, 14-1, and 15-0).

The Bison earned 24 of a possible 39 first-place votes and 370 total points, in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.

South Dakota State is picked second in the poll after tying for second place and representing the league in the FCS playoffs a year ago.

Perennial FCS power UNI is picked third in the poll after going 7-5 last year. UNI, NDSU and SDSU all received votes for first place.

Youngstown State (240 points) and Southern Illinois (237) were a close choice for the fourth- and fifth-place positions. The teams tied with SDSU and Missouri State for second place in 2013.

A pre-season favorite has claimed the league crown 16 times (in 28 previous polls). North Dakota State was picked to win the league last season.

In 2014, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is celebrating its 30th season. In its first 29 seasons the league owns five national crowns, including the past three seasons.

2014 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes) ----- Pts.
1. North Dakota State (24) 370
2. South Dakota State (8) 330
3. UNI (7) 324
4. Youngstown State 240
5. Southern Illinois 237
6. Illinois State 197
7. Missouri State 180
8. South Dakota 121
9. Western Illinois 96
10. Indiana State 50
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