2018 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football
ConferenceMissouri Valley Football Conference
Ranking
STATSNo. 3
FCS CoachesNo. 3
2018 record10–3 (6–2 MVFC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorEric Eidsness (13th season)
Defensive coordinatorClint Brown
Home stadiumDana J. Dykhouse Stadium
(Capacity: 19,340)[1]
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Missouri Valley Football Conference standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 1 North Dakota State $^   8 0         15 0  
No. 3 South Dakota State ^   6 2         10 3  
No. 23 Northern Iowa ^   5 3         7 6  
Indiana State   5 3         7 4  
Western Illinois   4 4         5 6  
Illinois State   3 5         6 5  
Youngstown State   3 5         4 7  
South Dakota   3 5         4 7  
Missouri State   2 6         4 7  
Southern Illinois   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team represented South Dakota State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 22nd-year head coach John Stiegelmeier and played their home games at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 6–2 in MVFC play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Duquesne in the second round and Kennesaw State in the quarterfinals, before losing in the semifinals to North Dakota State.

Previous season

The Jackrabbits finished the 2017 season 11–3, 6–2 in MVFC play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs[2] where they defeated Northern Iowa in the second round[3][4] and New Hampshire in the quarterfinals[5] before losing in the semifinals to James Madison.[6]

Preseason

Award watch lists

Award Player Position Year
Walter Payton Award[7] Taryn Christion QB SR
Buck Buchanan Award[8] Christian Rozeboom LB JR

Preseason MVFC poll

The MVFC released their preseason poll on July 29, 2018, with the Jackrabbits predicted to finish in second place.[9]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 North Dakota State 390 (39)
2 South Dakota State 270
3 Northern Iowa 258
4 Youngstown State 248
5 Illinois State 248
6 South Dakota 206
7 Western Illinois 163
8 Southern Illinois 139
9 Missouri State 90
10 Indiana State 41

Preseason All-MVFC Teams

The Jackrabbits placed seven players at eight positions on the preseason all-MVFC teams.[10]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.at Iowa State*No. 3 Cancelled[a]
September 86:00 p.m.Montana State*No. 3MidcoW 45–1414,614
September 156:00 p.m.Arkansas–Pine Bluff*No. 3
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
MidcoW 90–614,526
September 292:30 p.m.at No. 1 North Dakota StateNo. 3ESPN+/MidcoL 17–2118,846
October 66:00 p.m.Indiana StateNo. 3
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
MidcoW 54–51 OT10,318
October 132:00 p.m.Youngstown StatedaggerNo. 2
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
MidcoW 36–714,357
October 204:00 p.m.at No. 25 Northern IowaNo. 2ESPN3L 9–2412,013
October 2712:00 p.m.at No. 11 Illinois StateNo. 7ESPN3W 38–2812,144
November 32:00 p.m.Missouri StateNo. 7
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD
MidcoW 59–75,869
November 101:00 p.m.at Southern IllinoisNo. 6ESPN+W 57–384,433
November 172:00 p.m.South DakotaNo. 5
MidcoW 49–278,517
December 12:00 p.m.Duquesne*No. 5
  • Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • Brookings, SD (FCS Playoffs Second Round)
ESPN3W 51–63,042
December 81:00 p.m.at No. 2 Kennesaw State*No. 5ESPN3W 27–173,262
December 147:00 p.m.at No. 1 North Dakota State*No. 5
ESPN2L 21–4418,286
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
  1. ^ Game was cancelled due to inclement weather.[11]

Roster

2018 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Jacob Brown Jr
QB 2 J'Bore Gibbs Fr
QB 3 Taryn Christion Sr
RB 5 Blair Mulholland So
RB 8 C. J. Wilson Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Christian Rozeboom Jr
S 3 Joshua Manchigiah So
S 6 Makiah Slade Sr
LB 7 Seven Wilson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 4 Chase Vinatieri Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Roster

Game summaries

Montana State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 0 8 6 14
No. 3 Jackrabbits 7 17 14 7 45

See also: 2018 Montana State Bobcats football team

Arkansas–Pine Bluff

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Lions 6 0 0 0 6
No. 3 Jackrabbits 28 21 21 20 90

See also: 2018 Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions football team

at North Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Jackrabbits 7 0 10 0 17
No. 1 Bison 0 14 0 7 21

See also: 2018 North Dakota State Bison football team and Dakota Marker

Indiana State

1 2 3 4OT Total
Sycamores 10 7 7 243 51
No. 3 Jackrabbits 7 14 21 66 54

See also: 2018 Indiana State Sycamores football team

Youngstown State

1 2 3 4 Total
Penguins 7 0 0 0 7
No. 2 Jackrabbits 9 7 7 13 36

See also: 2018 Youngstown State Penguins football team

at Northern Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Jackrabbits 3 0 0 6 9
No. 25 Panthers 0 7 7 10 24

See also: 2018 Northern Iowa Panthers football team

at Illinois State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 7 Jackrabbits 7 21 7 3 38
No. 11 Redbirds 7 0 0 21 28

See also: 2018 Illinois State Redbirds football team

Missouri State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 0 7
No. 7 Jackrabbits 7 31 7 14 59

See also: 2018 Missouri State Bears football team

at Southern Illinois

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Jackrabbits 10 20 20 7 57
Salukis 3 14 21 0 38

See also: 2018 Southern Illinois Salukis football team

South Dakota

1 2 3 4 Total
Coyotes 7 0 7 13 27
No. 5 Jackrabbits 28 7 7 7 49

See also: 2018 South Dakota Coyotes football team and South Dakota–South Dakota State football rivalry

FCS Playoffs

Duquesne–Second Round

1 2 3 4 Total
Dukes 0 0 6 0 6
No. 5 Jackrabbits 7 17 20 7 51

See also: 2018 Duquesne Dukes football team

at Kennesaw State–Quarterfinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Jackrabbits 3 14 3 7 27
No. 2 Owls 3 0 0 14 17

See also: 2018 Kennesaw State Owls football team

at North Dakota State–Semifinals

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Jackrabbits 7 0 14 0 21
No. 1 Bison 7 7 21 9 44

See also: 2018 North Dakota State Bison football team

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 7 7 6 5 5 3 
Coaches 3 3 3 3 3 4–T 5 2 8 7 6 5 5 3

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2019 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 223 Jordan Brown CB Cincinnati Bengals

References

  1. ^ "Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium Gameday". September 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "South Dakota State nabs No. 5 seed in FCS playoffs". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  3. ^ "Northern Iowa vs. South Dakota State - Game Recap - December 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  4. ^ Nelson, Jim. "College football: UNI falls to SDSU in second-round of FCS playoffs, 37–22". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  5. ^ "New Hampshire vs. South Dakota State - Game Recap - December 9, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  6. ^ "James Madison Dukes force 10 turnovers, end South Dakota State's season". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  7. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Walter Payton Award watch list". August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ http://www.valley-football.org/news/2018/7/19/football-north-dakota-state-tabbed-as-favorite-to-win-2018-mvfc-title.aspx
  10. ^ http://valley-football.org/documents/2018/7/31//2018_MVFC_Preseason_Team_and_Poll.pdf?id=41
  11. ^ "Jackrabbits, Cyclones Cancelled". South Dakota State Athletics. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)