Central Methodist is projected to tie for fourth and Missouri Valley is picked to finish last in the Heart football preseason polls. Also in the South, Baker is projected to win its seventh-straight conference title. Benedictine and Evangel is second and third respectively while MidAmerica Nazarene is tied with CMU for fourth. Grand View is projected to finish atop the North for the third straight year. Culver-Stockton, William Penn, Clarke, Peru State and Graceland follow in that order.