When you look at the Power Rankings below for the Missouri Valley Football Conference, you will probably notice they do not deviate from the current standings. It seemed fitting.
We have one week left in the regular season and things are still up in the air.
Will Illinois State save their playoff chances and beat North Dakota State at home? Will South Dakota figure things out and beat their in-state rival at home? And what will the committee be more impressed by, Northern Iowa’s (assumed) 6-2 conference record or Western Illinois’ (again, assumed) 8-3 overall record?
We have one more Saturday left to figure things out. Cannot wait.
- North Dakota State – 9-1 (6-1)
A 49-14 win over the 10th ranked Coyotes was impressive. Another convincing win over a ranked Illinois State and the Bison should lock up a top two seed in the FCS Playoffs.
- South Dakota State – 8-2 (5-2)
A win over the rival South Dakota would be a sweet ending to the season. Even sweeter could be the win pushing SDSU to a potential top five seed.
- Northern Iowa – 6-4 (5-2)
The Panthers should be resting their starters by halftime in their season finale against Indiana State.
- South Dakota – 7-3 (4-3)
While the assumption is USD will still make the playoffs even if they lose to SDSU, you’d rather not go into the post-season with a 1-4 record over your last five games.
- Western Illinois – 7-3 (4-3)
A win over Southern Illinois will give the Leathernecks eight regular season wins. That would be the most for the school since 2010.
- Illinois State – 6-4 (4-3)
It appeared that Illinois State was going to contend for the Valley title after back-to-back wins over South Dakota and Youngstown State pushed their overall record to 6-2. Now, they are a loss away from missing out on the post-season entirely.
- Youngstown State – 5-5 (3-4)
The Penguins end their season with a home game against Missouri State. A win would give YSU a three-game winning streak to end the season. Now, if they could just erase 0-4 record in October…
- Southern Illinois – 4-6 (2-5)
SIU could throw a big wrench in WIU’s playoff hopes if they pull the upset on the road.
- Missouri State – 3-7 (2-5)
Linebacker Angelo Garbutt and quarterback Peyton Huslig have been pleasant surprises for the Bears this season. Both sophomores will look to finish the season strong against YSU.
- Indiana State – 0-10 (0-7)
The Sycamores will most likely go winless in 2017 as they end the season against UNI. The last team to go winless was Indiana State in 2008. That was when the Sycamores were in the midst of one of the worst stretches in Valley history where the program won two games between 2005 and 2009.