Winning in the Missouri Valley Football Conference can be a challenge each week.
For Southern Illinois and Indiana State, one will experience a much-needed victory today at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale.
SIU, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, has lost seven MVFC games in a row and is 1-5 this season. Indiana State (2-4), which went winless last season, is on a 14-game losing streak in the conference.
“You have to make things happen,” SIU head coach Nick Hill said. “You can’t sit back and hope. Winning starts to steamroll and breeds success. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a lot of them that have gone our way.”
History favors the Sycamores (2-4) today.
Indiana State has won in its last three visits to Carbondale and the road team in the series has won five of the past six meetings.
Each team has a unique offensive talent it can showcase today.
SIU running back D.J. Davis leads the MVFC with 152.3 all-purpose yards per game.
Indiana State senior running back Ja’Quan Keys (792 rushing yards, 11 TDs) ranks in the top five nationally in five different rushing categories.
Three key matchups
- ISU RB Ja’Quan Keys vs. SIU defense: The ISU running back is averaging 132 yards a game. SIU has the lowest-ranked run defense in the MVFC.
- SIU QB Sam Straub vs. ISU secondary: The Sycamores have only one interception this season. They face a QB in Straub who has thrown eight picks this season, but did not throw one last week.
- ISU LB Jonas Griffith vs. SIU offense: Griffith, a junior, leads the conference in tackles with 12 per game.
Indiana State (2-4) at Southern Illinois (1-5), 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Game will air on ESPN-Plus.