BROOKINGS, S.D. — Sole possession of first place, at least a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title and the Dakota Marker Trophy all will be on the line Saturday afternoon, when North Dakota State hosts South Dakota State in a battle of nationally ranked teams.
Kickoff is slated for 2:37 p.m. at a sold-out Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.
North Dakota State enters Saturday's matchup as the top-ranked team in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches' polls. The defending national champion Bison are 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league play.
SDSU, meanwhile, is 7-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. The Jackrabbits are ranked 16th in the latest Sports Network poll and 20th by the FCS coaches.
THE SERIES: Saturday's matchup marks the 99th time South Dakota State and North Dakota State have met on the gridiron, dating back to an 85-0 Bison win in Fargo in 1903. NDSU leads the overall series by a 53-40-5 count.
The two schools were both charter members of the North Central Conference, meeting every year from 1919 through 1942 until play was interrupted by World War II. The series resumed in 1946 and the two squads have met every year since as the schools made the move to Division I competition together in 2004.
The Dakota Marker was introduced to coincide with the move to the Football Championship Subdivision ranks in 2004. SDSU won the inaugural matchup, 24-21, at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The Dakota Marker series is tied, 4-4, although the Jackrabbits won three consecutive games from 2007-09.
NDSU ended the Jackrabbit winning streak on Nov. 13, 2010, at the Fargodome, intercepting four passes and returning two for touchdowns in a 31-24 Bison victory. The Bison ran their winning streak in the series to two games on Oct. 22, 2011, with a 38-14 victory at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
Dakota Marker game results:
2004: South Dakota State 24, North Dakota State 21 (at Brookings, S.D.)
2005: North Dakota State 41, South Dakota State 17 (at Fargo, N.D.)
2006: North Dakota State 41, South Dakota State 28 (at Fargo, N.D.)
2007: South Dakota State 29, North Dakota State 24 (at Brookings, S.D.)
2008: South Dakota State 25, North Dakota State 24 (at Fargo, N.D.)
2009: South Dakota State 28, North Dakota State 13 (at Brookings, S.D.)
2010: North Dakota State 31, South Dakota State 24 (at Fargo, N.D.)
2011: North Dakota State 38, South Dakota State 14 (at Brookings, S.D.)
THE DAKOTA MARKER: Red quartzite monuments that define the border between South Dakota and North Dakota now signify a football rivalry between the two states.
The Dakota Marker, a replica of the 7-foot by 10-inch square stone monuments planted in the early 1890s, is the name of a traveling trophy that SDSU and North Dakota State began competing for during the 2004 season.
The original idea for the trophy came from the Blue Key Honor Society at NDSU. The
student associations at both schools share dual ownership of the trophy.
The Dakota Marker stands about three feet tall with the letters "SD" on one side and "ND"on the other side, just like its 720 namesakes that dot the 366-mile border. The
trophy stands about three feet high and weighs 78 pounds. The black granite base used to display the trophy weighs another 181 pounds.
ONLINE COVERAGE: Audio and video coverage of Saturday's game is scheduled to be available via the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service at GoJacks.com, the official website of SDSU athletics. Monthly subscriptions for the Jackrabbit Extra, which includes live audio of all games and video streaming of select games are available for $11.95 per month or $99.95 for a year of service.
Local radio coverage Saturday begins at 1:30 p.m. Central Time on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. Tyler Merriam will call the play-by-play, with former Jackrabbit player Mike Struck providing color commentary and Scotty Kwas providing sideline updates. Yankton-based WNAX 570 AM will again serve as the flagship station of the Jackrabbit Sports Network, which includes the following affiliates:
• KJJQ 910 AM-Brookings
• KBFS 1450 AM-Belle Fourche
• KMSD 1510 AM-Milbank
• KORN 1490 AM-Mitchell
• KOLY 1300 AM-Mobridge
• KGFX 1060 AM-Pierre
• KSDR 1480 AM-Watertown
RABBITS RANKED: South Dakota State has had a presence in the national rankings since the start of conference play. The Jackrabbits check in this week at No. 16 in the Sports Network media poll and 20th in the FCS Coaches' rankings.
The Jackrabbits have been ranked for six weeks this season in the Sports Network poll. SDSU was in the rankings for four weeks in late September through mid-October, rising as high as No. 20 for two weeks. The Jackrabbits regained their spot in the Sports Network Top 25 following their victory over Youngstown State on Oct. 27, a win which also propelled them in the coaches' poll for the first time this season.
SDSU also is ranked ninth in this week's FCS Gridiron Power Index as a member of the top-ranked Missouri Valley Football Conference.
VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: South Dakota State will be facing a ranked opponent for the third time this season, when it hosts Youngstown State on Saturday. The Jackrabbits recorded a 24-10 at then-No. 22/25 Indiana State on Sept. 22 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener, then posted a 41-28 home victory over then-No. 21/22 Youngstown State on Oct. 27.
Playing a ranked opponent is nothing new for the Jackrabbit football team, which has taken on some of the nation's elite Football Championship Subdivision programs since moving up from Division I at the start of the 2004 season.
In its eight-plus seasons at the FCS level, SDSU has played 39 games against ranked FCS opponents and compiled a 13-26 overall record.
CAPTAINS: Leading the Jackrabbit football team on the field and in the locker room are five captains:
• Seth Daughters, Sr., tight end, Winner, S.D.;
• Bo Helm, Sr., defensive back, Childress, Texas;
• Ross Shafrath, Sr., linebacker, Hampton, Iowa;
• Austin Sumner, So., quarterback, Brandon, S.D.;
• Winston Wright, Jr., defensive back, Lee's Summit, Mo.
The Jackrabbits broke from tradition this season by naming two non-senior players - Sumner and Wright - as captains. Previously, all team captains were selected from the senior class.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: South Dakota State has racked up a number of Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week awards during the 2012 season.
Over the past two weeks, five Jackrabbits have earned MVFC recognition: sophomore quarterback Austin Sumner as offensive player of the week on Oct. 27, redshirt freshman linebacker T.J. Lally as newcomer of the week both on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, sophomore kicker Justin Syrovatka as special teams player of the week on Nov. 3, and junior left tackle Bryan Witzmann as offensive lineman of the week on Oct. 27.
Lally has earned MVFC Newcomer of the Week recognition four times this season, while Witzmann received the MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week award for the second time in 2012.
SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA STATE: North Dakota State has designs on repeating not only as Missouri Valley Football Conference champions, but making another run at a Football Championship Subdivision title.
The top-ranked Bison featured a balanced offense and the top-ranked defense in three different categories. NDSU leads both in total defense (180.67 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.33 points per game), as well as having the best pass defense in the nation by allowing 116.11 yards per game. The Bison also rank second in rushing defense at 64.56 yards per game.
Grant Olson leads North Dakota State with 79 total tackles, while sharing the team lead in tackles for loss at 9.5 with Kyle Emanuel. Twelve different Bison players have recorded at least a half-sack this season, with Emanuel leading the way with four.
The Bison also have forced 19 takeawas this season. All-America cornerback Marcus Wiliams has four interceptions, while Carlton Littlejohn and Christian Dudzik have each recovered three fumbles. Dudzik also has a pair of interceptions to his credit.
On offense, the Bison are powered by the running back tandem of John Crockett and Sam Ojuri. Crockett leads the team with 637 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while Ojuri has gained 554 yards with six scores.
The passing game is directed by junior quarterback Brock Jensen, who has completed 63.7 percent (144-of-226) of his passes for 1,759 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been intercepted only six times this season.
Ryan Smith leads the receiving corp with 32 catches for 373 yards and three touchdowns, while Sioux Falls product Trevor Gebhart has 30 receptions for 333 yards and one touchdown. Smith also is averaging 12.8 yards per punt return with a touchdown.
ZENNER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner has been officially added to the Walter Payton Award Watch List.
The Walter Payton Award, presented by The Sports Network, and in its 26th year, is presented to the outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A sophomore from Eagan, Minn., Zenner continues to lead the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing average with 166.2 yards per game. His 1,496 net yards rank second among FCS player and seventh in total rushing yards among all players in NCAA Football this season, Zenner is only the third back in Missouri Valley Football Conference history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in five games.
The Payton Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season on Nov. 19. The top three vote-getters will be invited to the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.
Zenner set career highs with 23 carries and 183 rushing yards in the Jackrabbits' 2012 season-opening loss at Kansas on Sept. 1. He opened the scoring with a 99-yard touchdown run - the longest offensive play from scrimmage in program history, surpassing Mike Lunde's 95-yard run against North Dakota in 1976. Zenner also caught four passes for 27 yards, giving him 210 all-purpose yards in the contest.
He followed that performance by again establishing career highs with 34 carries for 278 yards at Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 8. Zenner scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter at Southeastern Louisiana, then added a pair of touchdowns - including the game-winning 23-yard score - en route to 197 yards Sept. 15 versus UC Davis as he crossed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
Zenner tallied runs of 57 and 87 yards Sept. 22 at Indiana State en route to 237 yards on 29 carries, then turned in a 30-carry, 182-yard performance Sept. 29 against Missouri State that included an 88-yard touchdown run.
On Oct. 13 versus Western Illinois, Zenner scored on runs of 46 and 60 yards en route to 171 yards. After topping the 100-yard mark in each of the first seven games, Zenner has been held below the century mark in each of the last two games.
Five of Zenner's single-game performances rank in the top 5 among FCS players in 2012, with his 278-yard outing at Southeastern Louisiana ranking fourth. His 237-yard performance at Indiana State ranks 12th. For the season, Zenner is averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
As a kick returner and running back during his redshirt freshman season, Zenner ranked third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2011 with an average of 123.1 all-purpose yards per game, earning him a spot on the league's all-newcomer team.
LALLY RECEIVES RICE ATTENTION: For the second year in a row, the South Dakota State University football team has a player under consideration for the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
In October, linebacker T.J. Lally was officially named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List following his strong start to the 2012 season.
A redshirt freshman from Chicago, Lally leads the team with six sacks and two forced fumbles, ranks second on the nationally ranked Jackrabbits for tackles with 75 and seven tackles for loss, while tied for second with two interceptions. He has been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week four times and also was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Jackrabbits' conference-opening win at Indiana State on Sept. 22.
Lally is one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference players on the season's initial watch list for the Jerry Rice Award. Missouri State running back Ryan Heaston, Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Western Illinois linebacker J.J. Raffelson also are being considered for the award, which is named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State.
The award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The list will grow to 20 finalists by then, with the award to be presented Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.
During the 2011 season, Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner placed third in the balloting for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award.
SUMNER AT THE HELM: South Dakota State University quarterback Austin Sumner will attempt to build off an impressive freshman season a year ago.
Although not expected to play in the Sept. 1 season opener at Kansas due to an injury suffered in practice the previous week, Sumner entered the game in the third quarter and led the Jackrabbits on two scoring drives, including throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tyrel Kool early in the fourth quarter. Sumner finished the game 14-of-31 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted four times. He followed with a two-touchdown performance at Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 8.
Sumner put together his best performance of the 2012 season Oct. 27 against Youngstown State, throwing for a career-best five touchdowns and season-best 351 yards. His touchdown passes went to five different receivers and covered 6, 50, 13, 17 and 49 yards.
Last week at Southern Illinois, Sumner directed a game-winning 18-play, 94-yard drive in the final three minutes with the team out of timeouts. He completed 11-of-16 passes on the drive for 110 yards, capping the march with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Tiefenthaler with seven seconds remaining. He finished with season highs of 26 completions and 45 attempts in throwing for 284 yards. Sumner also recorded a career-long run of 24 yards in the contest.
A native of Brandon, S.D., Sumner started the final eight games of the 2011 season, leading the Jackrabbits to a 4-4 record and setting the Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman record with 2,382 yards passing. Sumner, who finished third in the voting for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision, also tied a Jackrabbit single-game record with 37 completions versus nationally ranked Northern Iowa on Oct. 15, 2011.
Sumner topped the 300-yard mark five times in 2011, including throwing for a career-best 377 yards in a double-overtime win over Missouri State. In only 19 career games - 16 starts - Sumner has tallied 4,048 career passing yards to move into 10th place on the Jackrabbit career charts.
TRIPLE THREAT: South Dakota State's Tyrel Kool has shifted all around the field during his Jackrabbit career and is expected to see action mostly at wide receiver in 2012.
A senior from Yankton, Kool began his collegiate career as a running back and kick returner, but switched to wide receiver during the 2010 season, when he led the team with 64 receptions for 808 yards. His receptions total is fifth-most in a season by a Jackrabbit player, while his receiving yards mark stood 10th in a single season as he earned honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition.
In 2011, Kool moved back to running back and led the team with 534 yards rushing. He made the most of his first career start at running back, racking up 107 yards on the ground and another 79 through the air in the Jackrabbits' 2011 season opener against Southern Utah.
Kool started at wide receiver in the Sept 1 season opener at Kansas and recorded a team-high eight receptions for 76 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. He added catches of 41 and 50 yards en route to a three-reception, 98-yard outing against Youngstown State on Oct. 27. His 50-yard reception went for his second touchdown of the season.
He and teammate Aaron Rollin moved into a tie for eighth place in career receptions by a Jackrabbit with 120, after tallying a team-best six catches for 80 yards Nov. 3 at Southern Illinois.
In the Oct. 13 game against Western Illinois, Kool returned the opening kickoff 100 yards untouched for a touchdown. It tied the longest kick return in school history and was the first kick return for touchdown by a Jackrabbit player since October 2007.
Additionally, Kool saw time at defensive back late in the 2009. He recorded 10 total tackles, including three in the Jackrabbits' playoff game at Montana.
ROLLIN RETURNS: Senior wide receiver Aaron Rollin rejoined the SDSU lineup Sept. 22 at Indiana State after being injured in the Sept. 8 game at Southeastern Louisiana.
A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Rollin entered the Jackrabbit career top 10 in a pair of receiving categories during the Nov. 3 game at Southern Illinois. He stands in a tie with teammate Tyrel Kool for eighth place in career receptions with 120 and also holds the 10th spot in career receiving yards with 1,662.
Rollin became the first Jackrabbit receiver to top the 100-yard mark in a game this season, tallying three catches for 108 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown, Oct. 27 versus Youngstown State.
Rollin put together a breakthrough 2011 campaign, leading the team with seven touchdowns while sharing the team lead with 61 receptions. He teamed with Dale Moss to give SDSU one of the top receiving tandems in the nation as both receivers topped the 900-yard mark.
Rollin was held without a catch in the 2012 season opener at Kansas, ending his streak of consecutive games with a reception at 21, dating back to the 2009 season.
SHAFRATH STICKING OPPONENTS: Senior linebacker Ross Shafrath led the team in tackles each of the first six games of the season and has a team-best total of 103 after notching his seventh double-figure tackle total with 10 Nov. 3 at Southern Illinois.
A native of Hampton, Iowa, Shafrath leads the Football Championship Subdivision with an average of 7.22 solo tackles per game and also ranks eighth in the FCS for total tackles with an average of 11.44 per contest. Shafrath established a new career high with 17 tackles to again lead the Jackrabbits in their 41-28 victory over Youngstown State on Oct. 27.
Shafrath opened 2012 with a then-career-high 16 tackles Sept. 1 at Kansas. His total was the most by a Jackrabbit player since linebacker Mike Lien notched 18 tackles in a 2010 game at North Dakota State. He then notched eight stops in the Sept. 8 win over Southeastern Louisiana and shared team-high honors with 10 stops versus UC Davis on Sept. 15. He again led the squad with 11 tackles in the Jackrabbits' league-opening win at Indiana State on Sept. 22, followed by a 12-tackle, two-interception performance Sept. 29 versus Missouri State en route to being named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Shafrath has tallied double digits in tackles in nine of the last 12 games dating back to last season, including 12 in the Oct. 13 game against Western Illinois.
A senior from Hampton, Iowa, Shafrath ranked fourth on the team in 2011 with 66 tackles despite being a part-time starter. His previous career high was 13 tackles at Missouri State on Oct. 29, 2011.
STOUT DEFENSE: The Jackrabbit defense has been a resurgent unit in 2012, currently ranking in the top 20 of five different categories among Football Championship Subdivision programs:
• Pass Efficiency Defense, seventh, 98.67;
• Scoring Defense, ninth, 16.33 points per game;
• Sacks, 14th, 2.78 per game;
• Total Defense, 15th, 306.44 yards per game;
• Rushing Defense, 16th, 117.33 yards per game.
During its recent five-game winning streak, the Jackrabbit defense did not allow more than one offensive touchdown in any game. Three of the opposition's six touchdowns in that span came either on an interception or fumble return.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: The Jackrabbit kickoff return unit has helped the team win the field position battle throughout the 2012 season. Entering play this week, SDSU ranks in a tie for eighth among FCS programs with an average kickoff return of 25.04 yards.
Six different players have returned kicks this season, including Tyrel Kool, who ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown Oct. 13 against Western Illinois. Trevor Tiefenthaler has added an average of 25.9 yards on 11 returns, including a long of 46 yards.
BIG PLAYS: South Dakota State has patched together a number of big plays during the 2012 season. In all, the Jackrabbits have totaled 15 plays from scrimmage and a pair of kickoffs of more than 40 yards, including four pass plays in the Oct. 27 Hobo Day game versus Youngstown State.
In addition, six of Zach Zenner's have covered at least 42 yards, with his nine touchdowns covering a total of 477 yards, an average of 53 yards.
• Zach Zenner 99-yard run (for TD), at Kansas, 9-1-12
• Zenner 42-yard run, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
• Zenner 61-yard run (for TD), vs. UC Davis, 9-15-12
• Zenner 57-yard run (for TD), at Indiana State, 9-22-12
• Zenner 87-yard run, at Indiana State, 9-22-12
• Zenner 88-yard run (for TD), vs. Missouri State, 9-29-12
• Zenner 46-yard run (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
• Zenner 60-yard run (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
• Brandon Hubert 42-yard reception from Austin Sumner, at Kansas, 9-1-12
• Jason Schneider 46-yard reception (for TD) from Sumner, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
• Tyrel Kool 41-yard reception from Sumner, vs. Youngstown State, 10-27-12
• Kool 50-yard reception (for TD) from Sumner, vs. Youngstown State, 10-27-12
• Aaron Rollin 46-yard reception from Sumner, vs. Youngstown State, 10-27-12
• Rollin 49-yard reception (for TD) from Sumner, vs. Youngstown State, 10-27-12
• Kool 41-yard reception from Sumner, at Southern Illinois, 11-3-12
Kickoff Returns (2)
• Trevor Tiefenthaler, 46-yard return, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
• Tyrel Kool, 100-yard return (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
Conversely, the Jackrabbit defense has given up only three plays of 40 or more yards this season - two of which came in the Sept. 1 season opener at Kansas. The first was a 43-yard pass from Dayne Crist to Kale Pick on the opening play of the game, followed by a 47-yard run by Tony Pierson.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: The Jackrabbit football team received valuable contributions from brothers Winston and Dom Wright during the 2011 season.
Natives of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Blue Springs South High School, both joined the SDSU football program in the fall of 2010. A junior, Winston Wright started all 11 games at cornerback last season en route to earning second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors. He led the team with three interceptions to go along with 57 tackles. He began his colllegiate career at Missouri, redshirting during the 2009 season.
Dom Wright is a sophomore wide receiver who saw most of his action as a kick and punt returner. In nine games last season, he averaged 15.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns to rank second on the squad. This season, he has returned six punts for 50 yards (8.3 yards per return), including a career-long 39-yard return Sept. 8 at Southeastern Louisiana.
COACH STIG: John Stiegelmeier has built the South Dakota State University football team into a consistent winner in the ranks of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 100-74 record (.575 winning percentage). SDSU has posted eight winning seasons in the last 10 years, including six of the school's first eight campaigns at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level. The Jackrabbits have had a winning record in 12 of Stiegelmeier's 16 years as head coach, and have a 26-12 record (.684 winning percentage) in Missouri Valley Football Conference games.
WORKING OVERTIME: SDSU's 43-36 double-overtime victory at Missouri State last season ended a four-game losing streak in overtime games for the Jackrabbits.
Overall, SDSU is 2-4 in overtime games, with both home contests played on Hobo Day. The Jackrabbits won their inaugural overtime game, 30-27 in two overtimes against Nebraska-Omaha in the 1998 Hobo Day game, then dropped a 46-44, triple-overtime decision to McNeese State (La.) in the 2008 Hobo Day game.
Following is a complete list of SDSU's overtime games:
1998: SDSU 30, Nebraska-Omaha 27 (2 OT - at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2002: Augustana 39, SDSU 33 (3 OT - at Sioux Falls)
2004: Southern Utah 23, SDSU 17 (2 OT - at Cedar City, Utah)
2007: Western Illinois 29, SDSU 26 (4 OT - at Macomb, Ill.)
2008: McNeese State 46, SDSU 44 (3 OT - at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2011: SDSU 43, Missouri State 36 (2 OT - at Springfield, Mo.)
JACKRABBIT INSIDER: Throughout the 2012 football season, head coach John Stiegelmeier will be a guest on the "Jackrabbit Insider," a weekly behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University athletics.
The half-hour television show which features interviews with Jackrabbit coaches and student-athletes, airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on Sioux Falls-based KTTW FOX 7. The show is also broadcast on FOX Sports North at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and on FOX College Sports Central at select times (check listings). Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.
STIG SHOW: The John Stiegelmeier Radio Show airs each Monday throughout the 2012 football season.
The show is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. on the Jackrabbit Sports Network, originating with flagship station WNAX 570 AM in Yankton. In addition, the weekly show also will be streamed online at GoJacks.com as part of the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service.
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the John Stiegelmeier Radio Show will also feature interviews with Jackrabbit student-athletes and assistant coaches. Jackrabbit fans are encouraged to attend the show in person at Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill, 307 Main Ave., in downtown Brookings.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits are scheduled to close out the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 17), hosting the University of South Dakota.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, with the game televised by Midco Sports Net.