Defending NCAA Division III football champion UW-Whitewater is the preseason favorite to win the 2008 WIAC football title. The Warhawks received seven first-place votes in the league poll and look to become the first team since River Falls to claim four straight WIAC titles.
The Warhawks are ranked #2 nationally by D3Football.com and Lindy's and #3 by USA Today. UW-Eau Claire is picked to finish 2nd, followed by UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point.
Meanwhile, St. Norbert College was selected as the favorite to win its third consecutive Midwest Conference football championship in a poll of league coaches. The Green Knights, who went 9-0 in conference play last season, received seven first-place votes.
Monmouth received three first-place votes and finished second in the coaches poll. Ripon finished third.