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South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion (3) looks to pass in the second quarter against SIU last year at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale.

CARBONDALE — South Dakota State moved up three spots to fifth in the latest FCS coaches top 25 poll released Monday, but in an odd twist, finished behind the team it just defeated in the STATS list.

The Jackrabbits (7-2, 4-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) forced five turnovers and beat previously undefeated North Dakota State (8-1, 5-1), 33-21, on Saturday in Brookings, South Dakota. South Dakota State hopped the Bison in the coaches poll to fifth place, but finished behind them at sixth in the STATS top 25 poll.

The STATS poll is conducted by a national panel of media, sports information directors and other dignitaries. North Dakota State got 3,329 points to finish ahead of South Dakota State by 69 points in fifth place.

South Dakota (7-2, 4-2), which lost to Northern Iowa (5-4, 4-2), 34-29, in Vermillion, South Dakota, fell four spots in both polls to No. 10. Western Illinois (6-3, 3-3) was 13th in the coaches poll, followed by Illinois State (6-3, 4-2) at No. 20. Northern Iowa was just outside the top 25 at No. 26 with 51 points.

The Panthers were the only new team in the STATS poll, and came in at No. 25. Western Illinois was 11th and Illinois State was 17th.

Defending national champion James Madison (9-0) remained atop both polls after defeating Rhode Island, 38-3, on Saturday. The Dukes got all 26 first-place votes in the coaches poll and all 162 first-place votes in the STATS poll.

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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