Redbirds Move Up To No. 11 In Both National Polls
Nov. 12, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Illinois State football team (8-2, 5-2 MVFC) watched as four teams ranked higher in the national polls were defeated during its bye week. Thanks to those upsets at the top of the polls, the Redbirds were ranked No. 11 in both national polls Monday.
Illinois State has been ranked in every poll this season and for a total of 18-consecutive weeks, dating back to last season.
ISU moved up four spots in both The Sports Network FCS Top 25 and the FCS Coaches Poll. After their much-needed bye week, the Redbirds will welcome in defending national champion North Dakota State (9-1, 6-1 MVFC, which is ranked No. 1 in both of this week's national polls heading into their game Saturday at noon at Hancock Stadium. With a victory, the Redbirds would secure at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title for the first time since 1999.
Indiana State (7-3, 5-2 MVFC) maintained its No. 18 spot in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 and was ranked No. 19 in the FCS Coaches Poll after its bye week. The Sycamores will have a tough test this weekend at Youngstown State, where a win could earn them a share of the conference title and boost their playoff hopes.
South Dakota State (7-3, 5-2 MVFC) dropped to No. 21 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 and to No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll, following their loss at the Fargodome to NDSU last weekend. The Jackrabbits currently sit in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Illinois State and Indiana State and could grab a share of the conference title with a win over South Dakota this weekend.
Another 2012 Redbird opponent cracked the polls this week after a strong performance. Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1 OVC) jumped back into the national polls this week, heading into its regular season finale at Central Arkansas. The Panthers are ranked No. 24 by The Sports Network and No. 25 by the FCS Coaches and locked up the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title with a 39-20 win over Southeast Missouri Saturday. The Redbirds defeated the Panthers by a score of 54-51 in double overtime on Sept. 15 at Hancock Stadium.
The Redbirds and the Bison will hit the gridiron at noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, on Heroes' Day at Hancock Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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