The Belvidere Bucs should be one of the more intriguing teams in the NIC 10 this year. After a 5 and 5 season the Bucs are looking to make the playoffs again but also want to improve beyond 500. The team lost quarterback Troy Vandenbroek and wide receiver Kane Steger who combined for 1700 yards of total offense. The team will look to senior running back Maurice Jackson to assume the leadership role and become the focal point of the offense. The Bucs will also sport a spread offense under new head coach Chuck Leonard.
Belvidere North will hit the reset button once again after a 2 and 7 season. Jeff Beck will be the school's 4th coach since its inception in 2007. But the team will have some consistency at the quarterback position. Junior Jace Bankord will lead the Thunder once again after a stellar sophomore season behind center where he threw for over 1400 yards. If he continues to develop at a rapid rate the Blue Thunder could easily climb out of the bottom of the conference.