The 2013 NSIC preseason coaches poll just came out and the Bemidji State football team was picked sixth overall and fourth in the NSIC North.
Here’s the press release from the conference. I’ll have more on this later (ie, in the paper tomorrow and on our website).
BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks were selected by the league coaches as the overall and south division preseason favorite in the NSIC in 2013. The Mavericks received 13 first place votes and amassed 223 points, 16 more than Minnesota Duluth (207), who garnered two other first place votes and was the coaches’ top choice in the north division. Winona State was picked third overall (191) while St. Cloud State (183) was fourth in the poll and garnered one first place vote.
As in the past five seasons, the NSIC football schedule will be broken into two divisions (north/south). Each team will play 11 conference games that will count towards the NSIC Overall Champion as well as seven divisional games that will count towards the NSIC North/South Division Championships. In all, three league championships will be awarded (Overall Champion, North Division Champion, South Division Champion). Ties will not be broken for overall or division champions.
Read the whole thing here, including the predicted order of finish. One interesting note: coaches think BSU will finish ahead of Northern State overall but behind them in the division.
I thought that was strange but then the people over at the BSU athletic communications department pointed out that Northern State could finish with a worse overall record because they have a stronger out-of-division schedule. Which makes more sense to me. Minor brainfart on my part.
Anyhow, I’ll try and get a more in-depth story for the paper later. In the meantime, How do you think the Beavers will finish this season? Can they pull off another unexpected comeback season like they did last year?