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Forum staff reports, Published July 21 2009

Northern Iowa favored in Missouri Valley

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Northern Iowa is the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

A poll of coaches, media and sports information directors put Southern Illinois in the second spot.

UNI and Southern Illinois shared the conference title last year.

South Dakota State is picked third and North Dakota State fourth.

Northern Iowa received 26 first-place votes, Southern Illinois received nine, and North Dakota State 1.