Tag: FCS playoffs

North Dakota State: Get to know SIU's 2nd-round playoff opponent

North Dakota State’s raucous FargoDome makes life difficult for many football opponents. (Photo by GoBison.com) Following its 22-10 win over South Dakota this past weekend, Southern Illinois earned a second-round date with No. 2 overall seed North Dakota State. According to ncaa.com, NDSU played in Division II from 1922-2003 before jumping to the Division I-FCS level in... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU advances in FCS playoffs with workmanlike win

Southern Illinois players led by ZeVeyon Furcron (59) and Bryce Notree (54) celebrate the Salukis’ playoff victory. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) The Southern Illinois football team went back to move forward. The Salukis, who got as high as No. 3 in the national polls a month ago only to struggle down stretch, returned to early-season form... Read more »

Familiar foe: Get to know SIU's Missouri Valley foe turned playoff opponent

The DakotaDome is a 9,100-seat multi-purpose stadium in Vermillion, South Dakota. It opened in 1979 for a cost of $8.2 million and is home to the University of South Dakota Coyotes for numerous athletic events. (photo courtesy gocoyotes.com) The Southern Illinois football team opens the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday against the University of... Read more »

EIU athletic director part of the 'scrubbing out' process for FCS playoff picture

Eastern Illinois athletic director Tom Michael serves on the FCS playoff committee. (photo courtesy eiupanthers.com) Experience usually pays off, but then again, circumstances also dictate our perceptions. Take, for example, Tom Michael’s second time serving on the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee. Michael, the Eastern Illinois athletic director, had his first foray in selecting... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU upset bid thwarted by top seed's 2nd half comeback

Javon Williams Jr. returned to the SIU lineup and made his impact felt. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Sometimes the Hollywood script gets thrown out. For much of Sunday night, Southern Illinois appeared on its way to erasing the memory of a 44-3 blowout loss to South Dakota State at Saluki Stadium in March. After falling behind... Read more »

Salukis confront top seed in national quarterfinal

Branson Combs’ fourth-down TD catch sent Southern Illinois into Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup with top-seed South Dakota State (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) In a year and season that has featured more twists than a summer blockbuster thriller, Nick Hill’s Southern Illinois Salukis now face an old Missouri Valley Football Conference adversary worthy of what many would call... Read more »

Familiar foe: Get to know SIU's Missouri Valley adversary turned 2nd-round playoff opponent

Neuqua Valley High School graduate Mark Gronowski leads top-seeded South Dakota State against Southern Illinois in round two of the FCS playoffs. (Photo courtesy Dave Eggen/Inertia) Following its upset win at Weber State in the FCS playoffs, Southern Illinois next plays Sunday, May 2 at No. 1 seed South Dakota State. Whether SIU fans are... Read more »

SIU strives to be king of the Hills in playoff tilt at unbeaten Weber State

The key to SIU’s upset bid in the first round of the FCS playoffs may well rest with the Saluki defense. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Following a 12-year absence, Southern Illinois fought and scrapped its way into the FCS playoffs. If the Salukis are to survive and advance, head coach Nick Hill knows a similar effort... Read more »

3 key matchups for SIU's return to the playoffs

Southern Illinois University posted this graphic after finding out the Salukis made the 16-team FCS playoff field SIU last made the playoffs in 2009. (graphic courtesy siusalukis.com) Following Southern Illinois’ exhilarating celebration Sunday morning when the Salukis were named part of the 16-team FCS playoff bracket, the SIU coaching staff set sights on the opponent... Read more »

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

Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah, is home to Weber State football. (Photo by WeberStateSports.com) 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 »