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2017 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team

The 2017 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 21st-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits finished the season 11–3, 6–2 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs[2] where they defeated Northern Iowa in the second round[3][4] and New Hampshire in the quarterfinals[5] before losing in the semifinals to James Madison.[6]

2017 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football
South Dakota State University logo.svg
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 3
FCS CoachesNo. 4
2017 record11–3 (6–2 MVFC)
Head coachJohn Stiegelmeier (21st season)
Offensive coordinatorEric Eidsness
Defensive coordinatorClint Brown
Home stadiumDana J. Dykhouse Stadium
(Capacity: 19,340)[1]
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 MVFC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State$^   7 1         14 1  
No. 3 South Dakota State^   6 2         11 3  
No. 19 Northern Iowa ^   6 2         8 5  
No. 13 Western Illinois ^   5 3         8 4  
No. 15 South Dakota ^   4 4         8 5  
Illinois State   4 4         6 5  
Youngstown State   4 4         6 5  
Southern Illinois   2 6         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         3 8  
Indiana State   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Jackrabbits finished the 2016 season 9–4, 7–1 in MVFC play to earn a share of the MVFC title.[7][8] Due to their head-to-head victory over North Dakota State, they received the MVFC's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs[9] where they defeated Villanova in the second round[10] before losing in the quarterfinals to North Dakota State.[11]

Schedule and resultsEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:00 p.m.Duquesne*No. 4ESPN3W 51–1312,218
September 97:00 p.m.at Montana State*No. 4Pluto TVW 31–2719,817
September 166:00 p.m.Drake*No. 4
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
ESPN3W 51–1015,806
September 307:00 p.m.at No. 6 Youngstown StateNo. 4ESPN3L 7–1917,450
October 76:00 p.m.Southern IllinoisNo. 8
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
ESPN3W 49–1412,891
October 142:00 p.m.Northern Iowa No. 7
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
ESPN3L 18–3814,347
October 212:00 p.m.at Missouri StateNo. 13ESPN3W 62–306,253
October 281:00 p.m.at No. 12 Western IllinoisNo. 11ESPN3W 52–242,247
November 42:00 p.m.No. 2 North Dakota StateNo. 10
ESPN3W 33–2118,130
November 112:00 p.m.No. 17 Illinois StateNo. 6
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
ESPN3W 27–24 OT9,458
November 182:00 p.m.at No. 15 South DakotaNo. 6ESPN3W 31–2810,147
December 22:00 p.m.No. 20 Northern Iowa*No. 6
ESPN3W 37–227,815
December 92:00 p.m.No. 21 New Hampshire*No. 6
ESPN3W 56–145,583
December 166:00 p.m.at No. 1 James Madison*No. 6ESPNUL 16–5116,528

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 4 (2) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 8 7 13 11 10 6 6 6 3 
Coaches 6 (1) 4 4 4 4 9 7 13 8–T 8 5 5 6 4

Jackrabbits draftedEdit

Draft Year Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
2018 Dallas Goedert TE 2 49 Philadelphia Eagles

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium Gameday". September 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "South Dakota State nabs No. 5 seed in FCS playoffs". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  3. ^ "Northern Iowa vs. South Dakota State - Game Recap - December 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  4. ^ Nelson, Jim. "College football: UNI falls to SDSU in second-round of FCS playoffs, 37-22". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  5. ^ "New Hampshire vs. South Dakota State - Game Recap - December 9, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  6. ^ "James Madison Dukes force 10 turnovers, end South Dakota State's season". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  7. ^ Martin, Derek. "South Dakota State earns share of MVFC with win over UNI". KMAland.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  8. ^ "SDSU, NSDU Share 2016 MVFC Crown". Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  9. ^ "SDSU Gets Top Eight Seed, First Round Bye in FCS Playoffs". ESPN 99.1 – Sioux Falls Sports Leader – Sioux Falls Sports. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  10. ^ "Villanova vs. South Dakota State - Game Recap - December 3, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  11. ^ "Jackrabbits overpowered by Bison in FCS quarterfinals". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-01-18.