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SIU Football | Salukis 14th in final regular-season poll, Weber State remains 3rd

SIU Football | Salukis 14th in final regular-season poll, Weber State remains 3rd


SIU head coach Nick Hill and running back Javon Williams Jr. (15) bump fists after Williams threw a 56-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against Southeastern Louisiana at Saluki Stadium on Saturday in Carbondale. The Salukis went on to win 55-48.

CARBONDALE — The SIU football team moved up four spots to 14th in the final Stats Perform top 25 poll of the regular season released Monday.

The Salukis (5-3, 3-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference) beat then-No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana 55-48 at Saluki Stadium on Saturday, and were awarded their first FCS playoff bid since 2009 on Sunday. Southeastern Louisiana (4-3) fell to 20th.

SIU takes on third-ranked Weber State (5-0), the champion of the Big Sky Conference, in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the playoffs. The Wildcats haven't played since holding off Idaho State 20-15 in Utah on April 10.

SIU was one of six Valley Football teams in the final top 25 of the regular season. South Dakota State (5-1, 5-1 MVFC), the top overall seed in the 16-team playoff field, was No. 2 in the Stats poll behind No. 1 James Madison (5-0, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association). JMU received 30 first-place votes from a national panel of media, sports information directors and other dignitaries and 982 points. SDSU got seven first-place votes and 953 points after knocking off former No. 2 North Dakota State 27-17 in Fargo on Saturday. Weber State was third, Sam Houston State (6-0) was fourth and Delaware (5-0, 4-0 CAA) was fifth.

North Dakota (4-1), which hasn't played since losing to the Bison 34-13 March 20 because of COVID-19-related issues, was seventh in the poll.

Join Southern Illinoisan sports writers Todd Hefferman, Bucky Dent and Braden Fogal, along with special guest Mike Pinto, the manager and chief operating officer of the Southern Illinois Miners, as they discuss the Frontier League team's return in 2021. 

Missouri State (5-4, 5-1 MVFC) was 12th, moving up two spots without playing a game, and Northern Iowa (3-4) was 25th.

618-351-5087 / On Twitter: @THefferman


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