MILES CITY, Mont. - 2015 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football regular-season champion Dickinson State (N.D.) is set for their season opener with Montana Western in the battle of NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Preseason Teams. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. (Central Time)/6 p.m. (Mountain Time) in Miles City, Mont.
Dickinson State is coming off a 8-3 overall record last season and 5-1 record in the North Star Athletic Association conference game, claiming their first-ever NSAA football conference title. The Blue Hawks qualified for the NAIA Football National Playoffs after being ranked in the Top 20 and win the conference title. DiSU was routed by fellow Montana Western's conference foe No. 5 nationally-ranked Montana Tech 44-10 in the first round of the national playoffs.
Montana Western was 7-3 overall record last season, all against members of the Frontier conference. The Bulldogs fell short to Montana Tech on the road in the regular-season finale in 2015 by the score of 24-17. Montana Western was third in the Frontier Conference standings in 2015, one game behind Southern Oregon for second-place and two games behind Montana Tech in the standings.
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director