Klieman expects more than Big 12 preseason poll



July 17, 2019 - 10:36 AM

North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, celebrates a 38-24 victory in the NCAA Division 1-AA National Championship on Jan. 5. BO RADER/ WICHITA EAGLE/TNS

ARLINGTON — Preseason polls don’t mean much to Chris Klieman. Never have. Never will.

There’s a reason for this. Throughout his head coaching career, he has always known where his team was going to rank well before the votes were tallied.

His North Dakota State teams were regularly picked to win not only the Missouri Valley Conference but the FCS championship. He never even had to look. The Bison were always favorites. Then they went out and won four national titles. 

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