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    USD FB: USD at Weber State one of two top-25 matchups

    VERMILLION, S.D.—The South Dakota football team, which competed in eight matchups of top-25 teams a year ago, has earned its first such matchup of 2018. The Coyotes are up one spot to No. 22 in this week’s STATS FCS poll and will face 11th-ranked Weber State Saturday at 6 p.m. (MDT) in Ogden, Utah.

    The matchup is one of two in the FCS featuring nationally-ranked teams in week three. No. 13 Nicholls travels to No. 16 McNeese in the Southland Conference opener for both teams. 

    The Coyotes entered the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll for the first time this season, coming in at No. 24. Weber State is ranked No. 13 by the coaches. Both teams enter with 1-1 records with a win against an FCS team and a loss at an FBS program. 

    The Missouri Valley Football Conference continues to have half its teams in the top 25. North Dakota State is No. 1, South Dakota State is No. 3, Illinois State is No. 19 and UNI is No. 21. 

    Big Sky vs. MVFC Update 

    The MVFC has a 3-2 lead against the Big Sky following wins by South Dakota (against Northern Colorado) and South Dakota State (against Montana State) in this year’s series with three games remaining. All three games take place Saturday: 

    Northern Arizona at Missouri State, 2 p.m. CDT

    Montana at Western Illinois, 3 p.m. CDT 

    South Dakota at Weber State, 7 p.m. CDT 

    Previous Results: 

    Montana State 26, Western Illinois 23 (Aug. 30) 

    Montana 26, UNI 23 (Sept. 1) 

    NDSU 49, Cal Poly 3 (Sept. 1) 

    South Dakota 43, Northern Colorado 28 (Sept. 8) 

    SDSU 45, Montana State 14 (Sept. 8) 

    The STATS FCS Top 25 for Sept. 10: 

    1. North Dakota State (1-0), 3,970 points - 154 first-place votes 

    Previous Ranking: 1; Last Week's Result: Bye 

    2. James Madison (1-1), 3,744 - 2 first-place votes 

    Previous Ranking: 2; Last Week's Result: 17-0 win over Norfolk State 

    3. South Dakota State (1-0), 3,602 

    Previous Ranking: 3; Last Week's Result: 45-14 win over Montana State 

    4. North Carolina A&T (3-0), 3,280 - 3 first-place votes 

    Previous Ranking: 5; Last Week's Result: 45-6 win over Gardner-Webb 

    5. Sam Houston State (1-0), 3,217 

    Previous Ranking: 4; Last Week's Result: 41-32 win over Prairie View A&M 

    6. Eastern Washington (2-0), 3,097 

    Previous Ranking: 6; Last Week's Result: 31-26 win over Northern Arizona 

    7. Kennesaw State (1-1), 2,931 

    Previous Ranking: 7; Last Week's Result: 49-10 win over Tennessee Tech 

    8. Wofford (2-0), 2,673 

    Previous Ranking: 8; Last Week's Result: 59-14 win over VMI 

    9. Samford (1-1), 2,557 

    Previous Ranking: 9; Last Week's Result: 36-26 loss to Florida State 

    10. Villanova (2-0), 2,436 

    Previous Ranking: 12; Last Week's Result: 31-9 win over Lehigh 

    11. Weber State (1-1), 2,332 

    Previous Ranking: 10; Last Week's Result: 24-17 win over Cal Poly 

    12. Jacksonville State (1-1), 2,026 

    Previous Ranking: 13; Last Week's Result: 71-0 win over Mississippi Valley State 

    13. Nicholls (1-1), 1,959 

    Previous Ranking: 11; Last Week's Result: 42-17 loss to Tulane 

    14. Elon (1-1), 1,842 

    Previous Ranking: 15; Last Week's Result: 45-7 win over Furman 

    15. Montana (2-0), 1,819 

    Previous Ranking: 14; Last Week's Result: 48-16 win over Drake 

    16. McNeese (2-0), 1,471 

    Previous Ranking: 16; Last Week's Result: 51-34 win over Houston Baptist 

    17. Maine (2-0), 1,388 

    Previous Ranking: 22; Last Week's Result: 31-28 win over Western Kentucky 

    18. Central Arkansas (1-1), 1,305 

    Previous Ranking: 17; Last Week's Result: 26-13 win over Murray State 

    19. Illinois State (2-0), 1,100 

    Previous Ranking: 19; Last Week's Result: 48-10 win over Eastern Illinois 

    20. Northern Arizona (1-1), 845 

    Previous Ranking: 18; Last Week's Result: 31-26 loss to Eastern Washington 

    21. Northern Iowa (0-1), 761 

    Previous Ranking: 21; Last Week's Result: Bye 

    22. South Dakota (1-1), 730 

    Previous Ranking: 23; Last Week's Result: 43-28 win over Northern Colorado 

    23. UC Davis (2-0), 617 

    Previous Ranking: NR; Last Week's Result: 54-21 win over San Diego 

    24. Stony Brook (1-1), 498 

    Previous Ranking: 24; Last Week's Result: 50-21 win over Bryant 

    25. Rhode Island (2-0), 358 

    Previous Ranking: NR; Last Week's Result: 45-26 win over Albany 

    Dropped Out: New Hampshire and Furman 

    Others Receiving Votes: Austin Peay 225, Colgate 184, Delaware 154, Yale 115, New Hampshire 88, Sacramento State 71, Furman 39, Montana State 36, Richmond 33, Butler 27, Monmouth 17, Tennessee State 16, North Alabama 14, Western Illinois 13, San Diego 13, Idaho 11, Prairie View A&M 11, Chattanooga 10, North Dakota 9, Southern Utah 8, Southeastern Louisiana 7, Southern Illinois 5, Lehigh 4, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 2, Western Carolina 2, Howard 1

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