Illinois State football team climbs to sixth in national FCS coaches poll

Chicago News USA

NORMAL — The Illinois State football team’s fifth win in its past six games — a 17-12 nailbiter over Missouri State — moved the Redbirds up in the American Football Coaches Association national FCS rankings announced Monday.

At 8-3, ISU rose two spots to sixth, according to the AFCA, which also ranks North Dakota State first, South Dakota State fifth and Northern Iowa 10th. Southern Illinois gave the Missouri Valley Football Conference a fifth team in the top 25 by sneaking in at a tie for 25th.

ISU remained steady at No. 7 in the STATS poll. North Dakota State is No. 1, South Dakota State No. 5 and Northern Iowa No. 9. Southern Illinois is receiving the most votes among those programs outside the top 25.

The Redbirds close the regular season Saturday in a noon (Central) game at Youngstown State. ISU will find out its FCS playoff fate Sunday in an 11:30 a.m. ESPNU broadcast.

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