Five years ago, the Jackrabbits just wanted to make a successful jump to the Football Championship Subdivision.
Now they look to establish themselves as an elite program in the FCS.
No. 9 South Dakota State University (7-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) will look to claim at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference regular-season title Saturday as it faces No. 3 SIU at 1 p.m. in Brookings, S.D.
Saturday’s winner will guarantee itself at least a share of the conference title, and an automatic birth in the FCS playoffs. It would be the first playoff appearance by South Dakota State, which moved up to the FCS from Division II football in 2004.
Head coach John Stiegelmeier said the key to a Jackrabbits’ victory would be to shut down at least one element of the Salukis’ balanced offense.