Jacks claim fifth seed in football playoffs


Abby Fullenkamp

ABBY FULLENKAMP Junior quarterback Taryn Christion readies for the next play during the first half of the Nov. 4, 2017 game against North Dakota State. The Jacks beat the Bison 33-21.

Landon Dierks

After capping off an 8-2 regular season with a win over rival South Dakota on Saturday, the South Dakota State football team secured a top-eight seed in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

It was only a matter of where the FCS selection committee placed the Jackrabbits.

On the live playoff selection show Sunday morning, it was announced SDSU earned the fifth seed in this year’s field of 24.

The Jacks will host the winner of the first-round matchup between Towson and Duquesne at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

The road to the FCS National Championship will not be easy.

The other seeded team on SDSU’s side of the bracket are No. 1 North Dakota State (11-0), No. 4 Kennesaw State (10-1) and No. 8 Colgate (9-1).

This seeding sets up a potential rematch with the Bison should the Jackrabbits and their northern rivals advance to the national semifinals.

For a full look at the bracket, visit https://www.ncaa.com/brackets/football/fcs/2018.


National Seeds

  1. North Dakota State (11-0)
  2. Weber State (9-2)
  3. Eastern Washington (9-2)
  4. Kennesaw State (10-1)
  5. SDSU (8-2)
  6. UC Davis (9-2)
  7. Maine (8-3)
  8. Colgate (9-1)

At-Large Qualifiers

Montana State (7-4)
Incarnate Word (6-4)
James Madison (8-3)
Delaware (7-4)
Towson (7-4)
Duquesne (8-3)
Wofford (8-3)
Elon (6-4)
Nicholls State (8-3)
San Diego (9-2)
Northern Iowa (6-5)
Lamar (7-4)
Jacksonville State (8-3)
East Tennessee State (8-3)
Southeast Missouri State (8-3)
Stony Brook (7-4)