CFB: Coyotes #4 Ranking Best Since 1987

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota football continued its ascent up the FCS Coaches Poll. The Coyotes, fresh off a 31-28 win against then-No. 3 Youngstown State on Dakota Days Saturday, are up two spots to No. 4 in the newest poll released Monday. It marks the highest ranking for the program at the FCS level, and best overall since 1987 when USD was ranked No. 1 for the initial six weeks of the season.

Defending national champion James Madison (5-0) remains No. 1. North Dakota State (5-0) is No. 2. Jacksonville State (4-1), whose one loss is to Georgia Tech, is No. 3. The Coyotes leaped Wofford (5-0) which remained at No. 5.

South Dakota State (4-1) at No. 7 and Youngstown State at No. 8 (3-2) give the Missouri Valley Football Conference four teams in the top-8. Illinois State (4-1) fell eight spots to No. 15 following a non-conference loss at Northern Arizona. Western Illinois (4-1) is up one spot to No. 18 after winning on the road at UNI.

South Dakota, 5-0 for the first time since 2005, hosts Indiana State (0-5, 0-2 MVFC) at 2 p.m. Saturday inside the DakotaDome. The Coyotes enter with the No. 1 offense in the nation at 537 yards per game. South Dakota beat Indiana State 33-30 in double overtime last season in Indiana.

Week 6 FCS Coaches Poll (Oct. 9, 2017) Points Last Week 2017 Record
Team (First-Place Votes)
1 James Madison (25) 649 1 5-0
2 North Dakota State (1) 625 2 5-0
3 Jacksonville State 585 4 4-1
4 South Dakota 561 6 5-0
5 Wofford 548 5 5-0
6 Central Arkansas 508 8 4-1
7 South Dakota State 463 9 4-1
8 Youngstown State 457 3 3-2
T-9 Sam Houston State 422 11 4-1
T-9 Eastern Washington 422 10 4-2
11 North Carolina A&T 388 12 6-0
12 New Hampshire 347 13 4-1
13 Richmond 306 14 3-2
14 Villanova 302 15 4-2
15 Illinois State 301 7 4-1
16 Weber State 284 16 4-1
17 Western Illinois 256 18 4-1
18 Samford 184 20 4-2
19 Grambling State 167 19 5-1
20 Elon 157 23 5-1
21 McNeese 144 22 5-1
22 The Citadel 88 17 3-2
23 Nicholls 68 25 4-2
24 Northern Arizona 40 RV 3-2
25 Western Carolina 36 RV 4-2

Others receiving votes: Monmouth (20), Northern Iowa (19), Montana (16), Tennessee State (15), Stony Brook (11), Prairie View A&M (11), N.C. Central (9), Saint Francis (9), Southern Utah (8), Delaware (7), Kennesaw State (5), Northwestern State (4), Dartmouth (3), Albany (2), Eastern Illinois (2), Yale (1).