The Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches and media picked the UNI Panther football team fifth in the preseason poll released by the league today.
Defending national champion North Dakota State was picked first with 392 points and 32 first-place votes. South Dakota State comes in at the No. 2 pick with 348 points and four first-place votes.
UNI is coming off of its fourth playoff appearance in five seasons and finished 5-3 in MVFC play and tied for third in the final standings.
The Panthers kick off the season on the road against Iowa State on Aug. 31 before hosting Southern Utah on Sept. 7
UNI is slated to open camp this week with players reporting on Thursday.