Lakeland University has been picked to win the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference football championship according to the preseason poll, voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
The Muskies (8-3 overall in 2017) captured their fourth-straight NACC title last year with a 6-0 record in league play and earned a third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Lakeland received 12 of the 16 first-place votes and 123 points in the preseason poll.
Aurora University (5-5, 4-2 NACC), who finished third in the NACC last season, is second with 105 points and three first-place votes, while Benedictine University (7-3, 5-1 NACC) - last year's league runner-up - takes third with 88 points. NACC newcomer Eureka College, which went 8-3 overall and won the 2017 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference crown in its final year as a football affiliate in that league, is picked fourth with 78 points and secured the final top nod.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (66), Concordia University Wisconsin (44), Concordia University Chicago (39) and Rockford University (33) rounded out the final four spots in the poll.
The NACC's regular season champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
|2018 NACC Football Preseason Poll||Points|
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used