1 With the addition of Minot State and Sioux Falls, the NSIC has 16 members. Each team will play 11 conference games (no nonconference opponents) -- seven against members of its division and four against the other division.
2 Minnesota Duluth is 52-5 overall and 38-2 in the NSIC over the past four seasons. Can anyone stop the Bulldogs?
3 Winona State RB Rayon Simmons, a senior from University City, Mo., needs 997 rushing yards to surpass Chris Washington ( 4,216 yards from 2000-03) of Concordia (St. Paul) as the NSIC's career leader.
Listed in predicted order of finish by conference coaches:
Minnesota Duluth (11-3 in 2011): QB Chase Vogler, a senior from Inver Grove Heights, is in his fourth season as the starter. The Bulldogs have 14 returning starters -- eight on offense -- but must replace three starters on the offensive line.
St. Cloud State (9-3): The Huskies return 13 starters from a team that reached the D-II playoffs. They are led by the NSIC North Division offensive and defensive preseason players of the year -- QB Phillip Klaphake and DB Marvin Matthews.
MSU Mankato (9-3): The Mavericks will rely on RB Andy Pfeiffer, who rushed for 1,229 yards last season as a freshman. The Mavericks, who won the Mineral Bowl last season, edged out Winona State as the favorite in the NSIC South.
Winona State (7-4): Closed out 2011 -- its 15th consecutive winning season -- with four consecutive victories. QB John Tiegland, who started the first two games in 2011 before being injured, was listed as No. 1 on the depth chart.
Augustana (6-5): Lost three games last season by three or fewer points. QB Josh Hanson, who passed for 2,640 yards and 18 TDs, returns for his third season as a starter.
Bemidji State (8-3): Coach Jeff Tesch has a veteran squad with 16 returning starters -- including preseason All-America TE Brian Leonhardt.
Wayne State (7-4): Has 15 returning starters -- including eight from a defense that shut out then-No. 1 Minnesota Duluth last year.
Sioux Falls (5-4): The Cougars, who won NAIA national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009, return 16 starters for its first D-II season.
Mary (5-6): Has six returning starters from an offense that averaged 34 points per game.
Concordia-St. Paul (6-5): Coach Ryan Williams, in his second season, will rebuild his offense with at least seven new starters.
Northern State (5-6): Won four of its final five games last season. Senior WR Chris Morton, who caught seven touchdown passes, returns.
Southwest Minnesota State (3-8): Coach Cory Sauter has 17 returning starters, including QB Tyler Peschong, who led the NSIC in passing yards (2,419) in 2011.
Upper Iowa (3-8): RB Chris Smith, who rushed for 1,212 yards last season, has been slowed by an offseason injury, but he is expected to return in Week 2.
Minot State (2-8): Will rely on a veteran defense in its first season in the NSIC as four of its top five tacklers return.
MSU Moorhead (2-9): Is young and inexperienced -- almost two-thirds of the players are making their NSIC debuts.
Minnesota-Crookston (1-10): First-year coach Paul Miller will rely on RB Richard Haley, who ran for a school-record 1,556 yards last season.
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||3|
|Texas||12||Top 9th Inning|
|Washington - D. Fister||6:05 PM|
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick|
|Tampa Bay - D. Smyly||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - K. Gausman|
|Boston - J. Kelly||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - M. Stroman|
|NY Yankees - S. Greene||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - D. Price|
|Atlanta - J. Teheran||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - Z. Wheeler|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Turner||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - M. Latos|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi|
|Minnesota - P. Hughes||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - L. Hendriks|
|Oakland - D. Pomeranz||7:10 PM|
|Houston - B. Peacock|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo||8:10 PM|
|San Diego - O. Despaigne|
|Los Angeles - C. Kershaw||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - W. Miley|
|Miami - H. Alvarez||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - H. Santiago|
|Colorado - F. Morales||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson|
|Atlanta||8/28/14 5:00 PM|
|Detroit||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|Kansas City||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|NY Jets||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/28/14 6:00 PM|
|Carolina||8/28/14 6:30 PM|
|New England||8/28/14 6:30 PM|
|Washington||8/28/14 6:30 PM|
|Baltimore||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Denver||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|San Francisco||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|Seattle||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||8/28/14 5:00 PM|
|(9) So Carolina|
|Wake Forest||8/28/14 6:02 PM|
|Boise State||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|(18) Ole Miss|
|Tulane||8/28/14 7:00 PM|
|Temple||8/28/14 8:15 PM|
|Rutgers||8/28/14 9:00 PM|
|Weber State||8/28/14 9:30 PM|
|(19) Arizona State|
|BYU||8/29/14 6:00 PM|
|(6) Jacksonville St||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|(8) Michigan State|
|Bowling Green||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Colorado State||8/29/14 8:00 PM|
|UNLV||8/29/14 9:30 PM|
|Penn State||8/30/14 7:30 AM|
|Troy||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(7) UCLA||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||8/30/14 11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||8/30/14 11:30 AM|
|Boston College||8/30/14 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Rice||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|California||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|Marshall||8/30/14 2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|Arkansas||8/30/14 3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||8/30/14 4:30 PM|
|Liberty||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||8/30/14 5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Idaho||8/30/14 6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||8/30/14 6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||8/30/14 6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|North Texas||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||8/30/14 7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8/30/14 8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||8/30/14 9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/29/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois||6 pm|
|Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St.||2:30 pm|
|Sep 13 - at TCU||3 pm|
|Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St.||TBA|
|Sep 27 - at Michigan||TBA|
|Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern||TBA|
|Oct 18 - vs. Purdue||11 am|
|Oct 25 - at Illinois||11 am|
|Nov 8 - vs. Iowa||TBA|
|Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State||TBA|
|Nov 22 - at Nebraska||TBA|
|Nov 29 - at Wisconsin||TBA|