Redbirds Finish Regular Season Ranked No. 7 In FCS Polls

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[November 24, 2014]  PHILADELPHIA The Illinois State football ended the regular season with a 44-29 win over in-state rival Southern Illinois to finish the season 10-1 and earn a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title. For their efforts, the Redbirds were ranked No. 7 in the final regular-season FCS polls announced Monday.

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 University]

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