No. 20 Northern Iowa (3-3, 1-2) will face No. 6 South Dakota State (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday in a battle of MVFC foes.
How to Watch: Northern Iowa at South Dakota State
Game Date: Oct. 23, 2021
Game Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
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South Dakota State coming off of a 41-17 win over Western Illinois. The Jackrabbits' only loss this year was a 42-41 overtime defeat against Southern Illinois, and the team has a 42-23 win over FBS program Colorado State on its resume.
Pierre Strong is third in the FCS in rushing yards this season with 770, helping the Jackrabbits to a 45.8 point per game scoring average, the third-best mark in the FCS. The team is also ninth in scoring defense, giving up 16 points per game.
The Panthers are also ranked, though the team sits at .500 through six games. It opened the year with a 16-10 loss to Iowa State, then won its next three games, but lost its last two games to No. 3 North Dakota State and No. 15 South Dakota.
Northern Iowa is second in the conference in total defense, while quarterback Theo Day has led an offense that averages 27.17 points per game. Four different Panthers players have found the end zone on the ground.
South Dakota State won the February meeting of these teams 24-20, but neither team has won multiple games in a row in this series since the Jackrabbits won in 2013 and 2014.
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