(KANSAS CITY, Ks.)- The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat football team was picked to finish first in the MIAA this season by both the coaches and the media.
In the coaches poll, the Bearcats received four 1st-place votes, while Fort Hays State received five. In the media poll, Northwest received 14 1st-place votes.
Missouri Western was picked to finish ninth by the coaches and eighth by the media.
The Griffons open up the 2018 season on the road Aug. 30 against Northwest.