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Panthers picked first in Valley poll

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Northern Iowa is picked first in the Missouri Valley Conference's annual preseason football poll.

The Panthers received 26 out of a possible 36 first-place votes in the poll, which is made of up coaches, media and sports information directors. It's the third time in four seasons that Northern Iowa has been atop the preseason poll.

Southern Illinois, which shared the Valley title with Northern Iowa last season, is picked second and South Dakota State is third.

North Dakota State, which opens at Iowa State on Sept. 3, is fourth.

Northern Iowa opens its season at Iowa on Sept. 5.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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