Defending national champion North Dakota State has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2012, in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors.
The Bison return six starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that went 14-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference last year. Northern Iowa was picked second followed by Youngstown State, Illinois State, Indiana State, South Dakota State (sixth), Southern Illinois, South Dakota (eighth), Western Illinois and Missouri State. Named to the pre-season all-conference team were SDSU's Aaron Rollin (wide receiver), Bryan Witzmann (offensive line) and Winston Wright (defensive back) along with USD's Tyler Starr (linebacker).
Honorable mention picks from USD were Will Powell (wide receiver), Tim Ross (offensive line) and kicker Kevin Robb and SDSU defensive lineman Andy Mink.