Minnesota Duluth is picked to finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll released in early August 2013.
Defending NSIC champion Minnesota State-Mankato is projected to defend its title, with 223 points and 13 first-place votes. It is the first time since 2007 that the Bulldogs haven’t been chosen to win the overall league championship.
UMD, which received 207 points and two first-place votes, is picked to win its sixth straight North Division and finish second to the Mavericks in the overall standings. The Bulldogs went 10-2 overall last year and 10-1 in league play. UMD returns eight starters on offense and eight on defense, but graduated a four-year starter at quarterback in Chase Vogler and the top two players on a dominating offensive line in Garth Heikikinen and Jake Bscherer, both of whom received NFL tryouts.
Winona State was picked third with 191 points, followed by St. Cloud State, which received 183 points and the remaining first-place votes. Sioux Falls (159 points) is fifth, followed by Bemidji State (140), Wayne State (137), Northern State (128), Augustana (125), Concordia-St.Paul (96), Mary (82), Southwest Minnesota State (77), Upper Iowa (63), Minot State (57), Minnesota State-Moorhead (35) and Minnesota-Crookston (17).
The Bulldogs open the season Saturday, September 7 at home against Sioux Falls. See the Bulldogs full game schedule by clicking here.
(Content provided by the News Tribune Staff of the Duluth News Tribune)