ISU remained at No. 7 in the FCS Coaches Poll and moved up
one spot to No. 7 ranking in The Sports Network FCS Top 25,
following their win over the Salukis. The Redbirds were
previously ranked as high as No. 6 in both polls this and have
been ranked for 11-consecutive weeks.
The Redbirds were selected as a No. 5 national seed, given a
first-round bye and a second-round home game on Dec. 6, when the
playoff participants were announced during an hour-long FCS
Selection Show Special on ESPNU Sunday. ISU (10-1, 7-1 MVFC)
will be making its fifth appearance in the FCS playoffs (1998,
1999, 2006, 2012) and hosting its first playoff game at Hancock
Stadium since 1999. The Redbirds will host the winner of the
first-round contest between fellow Missouri Valley Conference
member, Northern Iowa, and Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.
A total of six Missouri Valley Football teams are ranked in the
final regular-season Top 25 polls this week, and a league-record
five teams were selected to participate in the FCS playoffs,
including No. 2 national seed North Dakota State, Illinois
State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Indiana State.
[Michael Williams, Illinois State
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