Missouri State is looking up at the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason football poll.
The Bears were picked to finish last in the 10-team league by the media.
Defending national champion North Dakota State received 37 of 38 first-place votes and is ranked first.
Missouri State opens on Sept,. 1 at Kansas State.
South Dakota State, which opens at Kansas on Sept.1, has two members of the preseason all-conference team from Kansas City: wide receiver Aaron Rollin,a senior who attended Lee's Summit West, and defensive back Winston Wright, a junior who went to Blue Springs South.