ST. LOUIS, Mo–The Missouri Valley Football Conference is the toughest league in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.
The proof is in the pudding.
And it’s also in the brand new f-c-s stats top 25 that was released today.
Six of the top 25 hail from the same conference where the Missouri State Bears play.
Number one in the poll is the defending national champion James Madison.
The Dukes beat both North Dakota State and Youngstown State in the semifinals and finals respectively to earn the title.
Here’s a look at six Valley teams in the preseason Top 25.
North Dakota State is number two, South Dakota State checks in at number four and Youngstown State is nine.
Northern Iowa is ranked 18th, Illinois State is 20th and Western Illinois is number 25.