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NSIC football: Bulldogs picked to finish second in North

Bemidji State was coaches' pick to win the division and Augustana overall.

Minnesota Duluth football team holds annual Maroon and White game at Malosky Stadium
Quarterback Logan Graetz (4) passes the ball during the Minnesota Duluth annual spring football Maroon and White game at Malosky Stadium on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Duluth.
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DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth was picked to finish second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division and third overall in a preseason coaches poll released on Wednesday.

Defending division champions Bemidji State were declared the favorites for a repeat, with votes from all six of the other division coaches (coaches could not vote for their own team).

Augustana had the most points (153) and first-place votes (five) on the overall ballot, followed by BSU (145, four). UMD was close behind on points (142) despite not getting a first-place vote. Minnesota State and Sioux Falls rounded out the top five, tying for fourth.

UMD will play on the road at all four of those teams: Minnesota State Mankato on Sept. 10, Sioux Falls on Sept. 24, Bemidji on Oct. 22 and Augustana on Nov. 5.

UMD linebacker Brad Dati was named North Division Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The first-team All-NSIC player had a team-high 51 solo and 41 assisted tackles in 2021 as UMD went 9-3, losing in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.

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The Bulldogs open the 2022 season on Sept. 1 at home vs. Southwest Minnesota State.

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