Without even taking a snap over the weekend during their bye week, the University of South Dakota football team has moved into uncharted waters.

For the first time in school history, the Coyotes are a top ten team at the FCS level.

USD (3-0) checking in at number-ten in the latest (September 25) FCS Coaches Poll. That's the highest ranking ever for the Coyotes at the Division I level, beating last week's number-13 ranking in the STATS FCS Poll.

The South Dakota program was last in the top ten back in the school's Division II days, reaching number-eight in 2007.

This week, the Coyotes open Missouri Valley Conference play at number-16 Western Illinois, Saturday (September 30).

Five different MVFC teams (North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Youngstown State, Illinois State, South Dakota) are in the top ten this week.

FCS Coaches Top 25

1. James Madison
2. North Dakota State
3. Sam Houston State
4. South Dakota State
5. (tied) Youngstown State
5. (tied) Jacksonville State
7. Wofford
8. (tied) Illinois State
8. (tied) Eastern Washington
10. South Dakota

Number-four South Dakota State has the top match-up in all of FCS this week when the Jackrabbits travel to Ohio to battle number-five Youngstown State.


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