Salukis fall five spots to No. 10 in latest Stats Perform poll

Neuqua Valley High School graduate Mark Gronowski (11) and South Dakota State romped over Southern Illinois Saturday and sent both teams in opposite directions in the national polls. (photo courtesy South Dakota State Athletics)

Southern Illinois fell five spots in this week’s Stats Perform FCS Top 25 following a 44-3 home loss to South Dakota State.

The Salukis (4-2 overall, 3-2 Missouri Valley) hold down the No. 10 spot this week. SIU plays at Missouri State (3-4, 3-1) Saturday.

South Dakota State moved up two slots to No. 4. The Jackrabbits game against Illinois State has been canceled after the Redbirds announced Sunday night they are opting out of the remainder of the spring season.

Illinois State (1-3) is listed among others receiving votes with nine tallies. The Redbirds were scheduled to host the Salukis April 3 in Normal. That game is now off and has been ruled “no contest” by Missouri Valley officials.

Murray State (4-0) is No. 19. The Ohio Valley Conference-leading Racers host Eastern Illinois Saturday.

STATS PERFORM FCS TOP 25 (MARCH 22)

1. James Madison (3-0, 1-0 CAA), 969 points (29 first-place votes)

Previous Ranking: 1; Week 6 Result: Postponed vs. Richmond

2. North Dakota State (5-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley), 939 (6)

Previous Ranking: 4; Week 6 Result: 34-13 win over then-No. 2 North Dakota

3. Weber State (2-0 Big Sky), 926 (2)

Previous Ranking: 3; Week 6 Result: No game

4. South Dakota State (4-1 Missouri Valley), 879 (2)

Previous Ranking: 6; Week 6 Result: 44-3 win at then-No. 5 Southern Illinois

5. Sam Houston (3-0 Southland), 816 (1)

Previous Ranking: 7; Week 6 Result: 62-7 win at Lamar

6. North Dakota (4-1 Missouri Valley), 809

Previous Ranking: 2; Week 6 Result: 34-13 loss at then-No. 4 North Dakota State

7. Jacksonville State (7-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley), 765

Previous Ranking: 8; Week 6 Result: 21-3 win over Southeast Missouri

8. Kennesaw State (3-0, 1-0 Big South), 715

Previous Ranking: 9; Week 6 Result: 37-27 win over Dixie State

9. Chattanooga (3-1, 3-0 Southern), 653

Previous Ranking: 11; Week 6 Result: 20-18 win at then-No. 13 Furman

10. Southern Illinois (4-2, 3-2 Missouri Valley), 586

Previous Ranking: 5; Week 6 Result: 44-3 loss to then-No. 6 South Dakota State

11. Delaware (2-0 CAA), 559

Previous Ranking: 12; Week 6 Result: Postponed at then-No. 20 New Hampshire

12. Eastern Washington (2-1 Big Sky), 480

Previous Ranking: 15; Week 6 Result: No game

13. UIW (3-0 Southland), 434

Previous Ranking: 22; West 6 Result: 56-45 win over then-No. 16 Southeastern Louisiana

14. VMI (4-0 Southern), 419

Previous Ranking: 19; Week 6 Result: 38-37 OT win at Samford

15. UC Davis (2-1 Big Sky), 405

Previous Ranking: 21; Week 6 Result: 73-24 win over Cal Poly

16. Villanova (1-1 CAA), 398

Previous Ranking: 14; Week 6 Result: No game

17. Nicholls (3-1, 2-1 Southland), 352

Previous Ranking: 17; Week 6 Result: No game

18. Rhode Island (2-0 CAA), 280

Previous Ranking: Unranked; Week 6 Result: 17-10 OT win at then-No. 18 Albany

19. Murray State (4-0 Ohio Valley), 279

Previous Ranking: 25; Week 6 Result: 35-13 win over Tennessee State

20. Furman (3-2 Southern), 249

Previous Ranking: 13; Week 6 Result: 20-18 loss at then-No. 11 Chattanooga

21. Richmond (2-0 CAA), 198

Previous Ranking: 23; Week 6 Result: Postponed at then-No. 1 James Madison

22. Northern Iowa (2-3 Missouri Valley), 179

Previous Ranking: 10; Week 6 Result: 13-6 loss at Missouri State

23. Southeastern Louisiana (2-2 Southland), 158

Previous Ranking: 16; Week 6 Result: 56-45 loss at then-No. 22 UIW

24. New Hampshire (0-1 CAA), 122

Previous Ranking: 20; Week 6 Result: Postponed vs. then-No. 12 Delaware

25. Maine (2-1 CAA), 77

Previous Ranking: Unranked; Week 6 Result: 35-19 win at Stony Brook

Dropped Out: Albany (18) and Jackson State (24)

Others Receiving Votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Idaho 63, Missouri State 60, Gardner-Webb 41, San Diego 40, Albany 30, Tarleton 28, Jackson State 23, Monmouth 22, Duquesne 13, ETSU 13, Illinois State 9

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