Here are some news and notes from the weekend that wasn’t (the Jackrabbits were idle) in South Dakota State football:
SDSU (5-4) will host Indiana State (1-8) this week. The Jacks are No. 116 out of 252 teams in NCAA Division I in the Sagarin Ratings, while the Sycamores are 181st. That system has SDSU favored by 15 points.
Indiana State is struggling, too, losing six in a row. The last three have been lopsided: 55-14, 56-10 and 49-7. The Sycamores and new coach Mike Sanford, formerly of UNLV, have yet to beat a D-I team this season.
One of the squads that the Jacks beat this season kicked things up a notch Saturday, No. 25-ranked Southeastern Louisiana hammering No. 4 McNeese State 41-7 on the road. The Lions are 7-2 with their only losses coming in Brookings at at TCU.
SLU is also 4-0 in the Southland Conference, alone at the top of the league with a couple of key games forthcoming against nationally ranked Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State.
The pool of potential playoff entrants from the Missouri Valley Football Conference is down to five with Northern Iowa and South Dakota suffering their fifth losses of the season Saturday. North Dakota State and Youngstown State could already be in the field with eight wins each, while Illinois State, Southern Illinois and South Dakota State remain in the mix with four losses.
However, SIU and ISU both have wins over lower-level teams. And the Redbirds are playing 11 games instead of the allowed 12. Thirdly, those squads will meet Nov. 16 in Carbondale.
The updated FCS statistics are out. SDSU junior running back Zach Zenner - the leader last season - is fourth in rushing yards at 1,235. The top spot belongs to Towson junior Terrance West at 1,618 through 10 games. Also, Zenner is tied for sixth in scoring.
The bye week dropped Jacks senior LB R.C. Kilgore from first to seventh in total tackles at 99.
Still, Zenner continues to lead the Valley in rushing and scoring, Kilgore is tops in tackles and junior Jason Schneider leads in receptions (52) and receiving yards (728).
As a team, SDSU is the least penalized at 38.6 yards per game while also benefitting from more opponent penalties than anybody else at 59.6 yards per game.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.