WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State football players were smiling for the cameras on media Monday but inside they were still seething over a preseason prediction.
The Redbirds were picked sixth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll.
"I think that we're really using our preseason ranking as motivation, you know were were ranked in the middle of the pack in the Missouri Valley," said preseason All-Conference linebacker Pat Meehan. "None of us feel like that's where we should be ranked, so that's going to be motivation for us."
The Redbirds open the season at home Sept. 6 against Mississippi Valley State.