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Forum staff reports , Published August 13 2012

Defending national champion Bison picked No. 2 in Sports Network FCS Top 25 preseason poll

FARGO – The Sports Network FCS Top 25 preseason poll is predicting a rematch of last season’s national title game.

Sam Houston State was picked No. 1 in the poll, a spot ahead of defending FCS national champion North Dakota State, which beat Sam Houston State in last season’s title game.

Sam Houston State earned 79 of 151 first-place vote for 3,708 points. The Bison garnered 59 first-place votes for 3,625 points.

Georgia Southern (3rd), Montana State (4th) and James Madison (5th) rounded out the Top 5.

Northern Iowa – which plays in the Missouri Valley Football Conference along with NDSU – was picked No. 9 in the preseason poll.