Updated: Feb 23, 2022
We start out with the University of Mary opening against the Minnesota State Mavericks. Mankato has been a perennial NSIC contender, and is picked once again to finish first. Both teams were committed to the ground game, but it was Nate Gunn and the Mavericks who cashed in the most. Gunn ran for 165 and two touchdowns, with the Mavericks taking the early lead. UMary did a really good job of winning time of possession, as their offense is designed to do, and the Marauders kept within striking distance for a while. But eventually, Gunn and MSU pulled away to start the year unbeaten.