In what probably comes a surprise to nobody, four-time defending national champions North Dakota State was picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Monday afternoon. I guess that is what becomes commonplace for a team the caliber of the Bison.
According to College Football Talk, the Bison were nearly unanimously picked to win the MVFC this season. Illinois State, who the Bison defeated for the 2014 national title, was the only team to earn votes from the forty members of the committee. North Dakota State earned thirty-two of the votes.
The Bison have won the last four national championships, a FCS record. The Bison also hold an impressive 8-3 record against FBS teams, including having won the last five games against FBS opponents. That stretch includes three wins over Big 12 teams. Their next FBS opponent comes in the form of Iowa in 2016.
Another interesting note from the voting was Youngstown State being picked fourth in the conference. What makes that interesting is the fact that the Penguins are now being lead by former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. The two teams meet up on November 14.
The Bison look to be in for another record-setting year. Keep an eye out for this team as they travel to Montana on August 29 for the first game of the season.
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