Archive for April 2021

Weber State: get to know Southern Illinois' 1st-round playoff opponent

Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah, is home to Weber State football. (Photo by Southern Illinois makes its ninth appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday when the Salukis play at Weber State. Whether SIU fans are traveling to Utah for the game or just watching it on ESPN-Plus or listening on the... Read more »

Satisfied Salukis soak in long-awaited end to FCS playoff drought

Head coach Nick Hill and the Southern Illinois Salukis learned Sunday that they will be among the 16-team FCS playoff field. (Photo by Southern Illinois head football coach Nick Hill chose not to watch Sunday morning’s FCS playoff selection show on ESPNU. But he had plenty of people watching for him. Walking up the... Read more »

3 things we learned: Run game gives legs to SIU's FCS playoff chances

SIU running back Justin Strong shrugs off a defender on his way to a career-high 169 rushing yards in the Salukis’ 55-48 victory Saturday. (Photo by While trying to make one final impression on the FCS playoff committee, Southern Illinois fought fire with fire against high-scoring Southeastern Louisiana in Carbondale on Saturday. The Salukis... Read more »

Eastern Illinois AD among those working to figure out spring FCS playoff puzzle

Head coach Nick HIll and Southern Illinois found a non-conference opponent when Illinois State and Western Illinois opted out of the spring season. (Photo by Choosing the FCS playoff field often presents a fair share of difficulties. Selecting the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which 10 members of the FCS playoff committee will do... Read more »

Saturday showdown: Salukis host Southeast Louisiana in playoff audition

Eighteenth-ranked Southern Illinois hosts No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana at noon Saturday in Carbondale. (photo courtesty Whether Saturday’s nonconference matchup with nationally ranked Southeastern Louisiana provides a bridge to the FCS playoffs, Southern Illinois is treating it as such. “(I’m) excited for this game. A lot has happened in the last two weeks of the... Read more »

Does SIU still have a chance to make the FCS playoffs?

Head coach Nick Hill’s SIU Salukis have one more opportunity to impress the playoff committee. (photo courtesy After having its last two games canceled, Southern Illinois is hosting a ranked opponent Saturday in Carbondale in a game that both teams are hoping boosts any remaining chance of making the FCS playoffs. SIU, ranked No.... Read more »

SIU ranked 18th in this week's FCS spring poll

Southern Illinois is ranked No. 18 in this week’s Stats Perform FCS national poll. (photo courtesy As it prepares for a Saturday showdown with another nationally ranked team, Southern Illinois lands at No. 18 in this week’s Stats Perform FCS poll. The Salukis did not play this past weekend yet dropped two spots in... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State defensive back Clayton Isbell

Clayton Isbell (via Twitter) From wrestling to playing youth football, Clayton Isbell is familiar with keeping his weight in check. But that doesn’t mean the sophomore safety at Illinois State can’t enjoy a burger and fries from his favorite restaurant back home – Beef Shack in St. Charles. As a versatile defensive back for the... Read more »

Eastern Illinois closes out spring with third straight ranked conference foe

Cole Hoover (76) is one of the seniors who will be honored Sunday before Eastern Illinois hosts Austin Peay in the spring finale. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Editor’s note: This preview was published prior to the Ohio Valley Conference announcing that the football game between Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois originally scheduled for... Read more »

SIU lands game with Top 20-ranked opponent in bid to keep playoff fires burning

After its last two regular-season opponents opted out, Southern Illinois has added Southeastern Louisiana to its spring schedule in an intriguing matchup of ranked FCS teams with playoff aspirations. (photo courtesy In an effort to keep its playoff hopes alive, Southern Illinois has landed a game with a Top 20 opponent. The Salukis, ranked No. 16... Read more »