The MIAA football season begins Thursday, Sept. 5 with six games. Here is a quick look at each MIAA team heading into the 2013 season.
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
2012 record: 6-4, 6-5 MIAA
2013 predicted finish: 4th in coaches poll; 6th in media poll
Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense
Key returners: RB LaVance Taylor, LB Ricky Spratley
Outlook: The Mules are expected to be one of the more talented teams in the MIAA again this season. Taylor and quarterback Colter Smith provide a good start on offense. However, Central Missouri will be tested with a tough early schedule that includes Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri and Lindenwood in the first three games.
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BRONCHOS
2012 record: 2-8, 2-8 MIAA
2013 predicted finish: 10th in coaches poll; 11th in media poll
Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense
Key returners: RB Joshua Birmingham; DB Devoris Dozier
Outlook: Birmingham, who contributed more than 1,700 all-purpose yards, returns as one of the best running backs in the MIAA. The Bronchos will look to improve after a tough first year in the conference.
EMPORIA STATE HORNETS
2012 record: 10-2, 9-2 MIAA
2013 predicted finish: 7th in coaches poll; 7th in media poll
Returning starters: 7 offense, 6 defense
Key returners: WR Ray Ray Davis; LB Jordan Sanders
Outlook: The Hornets broke through for a second-place finish in the conference last year. Emporia State looks to continue the success this year. A competition at quarterback will be key for the Hornets.
FORT HAYS STATE TIGERS
2012 record: 5-6, 4-6 MIAA
2013 predicted finish: 8th in coaches poll; tied for 8th in media poll
Returning starters: 4 offense, 4 defense
Key returners: WR Tanner Hageman; DB Micheal Jordan
Outlook: The Tigers will be a fairly young team under third-year head coach Chris Brown. Fort Hays State will look to improve as the season goes on.
LINCOLN BLUE TIGERS
2012 record: 1-10, 1-10 MIAA
2013 predicted finish: 14th in coaches poll; 14th in media poll