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North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson hauls in a touchdown reception against Sam Houston State in Fargo last season. 

League teams have played 67 overtime games since the current rules were put in place in 1994. Thirty-four Missouri Valley Football Conference games have gone to the extra session after last week's 54-51 win by No. 2 South Dakota State over Indiana State.

The Jackrabbits (3-2, 2-0 MVFC) improved to 4-1 in overtime games since joining the Valley with last weekend's win. Indiana State (8-8) and Illinois State (8-7) have the most overtime wins since since 1994. Western Illinois (7-2), Southern Illinois (6-4), Youngstown State (6-4) and Northern Iowa (6-8) are next.

With four teams in the top-25 rankings, there may be more overtime games in the Valley before the season ends. 

Here are this week's rankings: 

1. No. 1 North Dakota State Bison (5-0, 2-0 MVFC)

Previous rank: 1

Last week: Beat No. 22 Northern Iowa 56-31 / This week: At Western Illinois (2-3, 1-1) Saturday, 6 p.m. (ESPN+, NBC ND), Macomb

2. No. 2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (3-1, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 2

Last week: Beat Indiana State 54-51 in overtime / This week: Hosts Youngstown State (2-3, 1-1) Saturday, 2 p.m. (ESPN+, MidcoSN), Brookings, S.D. 

3. No. 12 Illinois State Redbirds (4-1, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 3

Last week: Beat Western Illinois 33-16 / This week: Hosts Southern Illinois (1-4, 0-2) Saturday, 2 p.m. (ESPN3), Normal

4. No. 24 South Dakota Coyotes (3-2, 2-0 MVFC)

Previous rank: 7

Last week: Beat No. 24 Missouri State 35-28 / This week: Hosts Northern Iowa (2-3, 1-1) Saturday, 6 p.m. (ESPN+, MidcoSN), Vermillion, S.D.

5. Missouri State Bears (3-2, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 9

Last week: Lost to South Dakota 35-28 / This week: At Indiana State (2-3, 0-2) Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN+), Terre Haute, Ind.

6. Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-3, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 5

Last week: Lost to No. 14 Illinois State 33-16 / This week: Hosts No. 1 North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0) Saturday, 6 p.m. (ESPN+, NBC ND), Macomb

7. Youngstown State Penguins (2-3, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 8

Last week: Beat Southern Illinois 17-14 / This week: At No. 2 South Dakota State (3-1, 1-1) Saturday, 2 p.m. (ESPN+, MidcoSN), Brookings, S.D.

8. Northern Iowa Panthers (2-3, 1-1 MVFC)

Previous rank: 4

Last week: Lost to No. 1 North Dakota State 56-31 / This week: At No. 24 South Dakota (3-2, 2-0) Saturday, 6 p.m. (ESPN+, MidcoSN), Vermillion, S.D.

9. Southern Illinois Salukis (1-4, 0-2 MVFC)

Previous rank: 6

Last week: Lost to Youngstown State 17-14 / This week: At No. 12 Illinois State (4-1, 1-1) Saturday, 2 p.m. (ESPN3), Normal

10. Indiana State Sycamores (2-3, 0-2 MVFC)

Previous rank: 10

Last week: Lost 54-51 at No. 2 South Dakota State in overtime / This week: Hosts Missouri State (3-2, 1-1) Saturday, 1 p.m. (ESPN+)

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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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