Tag: SIU Salukis

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 »

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 SIUSalukis.com) 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 »
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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 SIUSalukis.com) 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 SIUSalukis.com) 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 siusalukis.com) 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 »
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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 siusalukis.com) 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 »

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 siusalukis.com) 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 »

Western Illinois opts out of spring football season

Western Illinois becomes the second state school to opt out of spring football. (Photo by Barry Bottino) Western Illinois University announced early Monday evening that its football program was opting out of the spring Missouri Valley Conference season. The official university release opened with, “Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of its student-athletes,... Read more »
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Coming off unscheduled bye week, SIU jumps two spots in national FCS poll

Southern Illinois wraps up its regular season hosting in-state rival Western Illinois Saturday in Carbondale. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill celebrated his birthday Monday. Though he’s a few decades past 16, that’s where his Salukis land in this week’s Stats Perform FCS national rankings. Coming off an unscheduled bye week, SIU... Read more »