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Published August 30, 2012, 09:43 AM

Dom Izzo's 2012 College Football Predictions

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Here's a yearly staple, Dom Izzo’s college predictions for 2012.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Here's a yearly staple, Dom Izzo’s college predictions for 2012.

A new season brings a new man under center for Terry Horan, who starts year 12 at Concordia. The Cobbers are in the midst of a six year playoff drought. If they want to avoid making it seven, former South standout Griffin Neal will need to be terrific.

The league powers are still above the Cobbers at this time, even though St Thomas and St. John's come to Moorhead this year. I have Concordia at 6-4 and out of the playoffs.

Steve Laqua was introduced to the college game last year and found out what he needs to build a team. The Dragons are young, pure and simple; seven freshmen will play on the offensive side of the ball. Laqua has his quarterback in Myles Montplaisir, and an improved defense, but the Northern Sun is the best Division 2 conference in the country. MSUM will finally surpass the 2 win total by upsetting somebody, Dragons go 3-8.

It's a year of firsts at UND, new turf, new jerseys, new quarterback and most importantly, new conference. The Big Sky makes the case as the best FCS league and with powers Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington it's hard to argue. North Carolina transfer Braden Hanson will lead an experienced offense, but a tougher schedule sends UND to a 4-7 record.

For the defending national champs, fans are clamoring for a repeat. Repeat titles are common place at the FCS level. Three teams have won 3 or more titles since 1989. NDSU has all the key pieces back this season, including on defense where the defensive line and secondary are the best

in the country.

NDSU may be favored in its FBS game against Colorado State, but the Valley has shown it's too tough to go undefeated through .I have the Bison at 10-1 and set for another December run.