The game will be the 17th in the series between the two schools.
ISU was picked fourth in the preseason poll for the second-straight year.
Barnett has been the ISU offensive line coach for the past three seasons.
The Redbirds have advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.
ISU had the most players named to this year's list and have had five players named to the team in each of the past three seasons.
2014 Redbird Spring Football
Illinois State Vs. South Dakota on Oct. 26, 2013.
Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hancock Stadium for 2013 Homecoming
Illinois State Vs. Abilene Christain on 9/21/13
ISU vs. NDSU football
2013: Started all 11 games at right tackle ... key member of the offensive line unit that led the way for Marshaun Coprich, who rushed for 885 yards, with nine touchdowns, and recorded four 100-plus yard rushing performances.
2012: MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection ... started all 13 games at right tackle for the Redbirds, after transferring from Miami ... graded out at over 85 percent all season ... helped ISU rush for 134 yards per game on the ground ... helped block for Darrelynn Dunn, who rushed 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns, the most for a Redbird back since 2006 ... key member of the offense line unit that allowed just 14 sacks all season, which ranks No. 14 in the country in fewest sacks allowed.
2011 at Miami: Member of the scout team ... named the scout team player of the week heading into the team's game against Bethune-Cookman.
2010 at Miami: Redshirted.
St. Thomas Aquinas HS: Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... named a second-team All-Broward County selection by the Miami Herald and the Florida Sun Sentinel as a senior ... allowed just two sacks in final season while playing tackle ... helped St. Thomas Aquinas to a 28-1 record in last two seasons ... part of the 2008 Class 5A state championship team and the 2009 No. 1 nationally-ranked team ... also a standout basketball player.
Personal: Born March 17, 1992, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. ... son of Iona Townsend ... one of seven children.