Illinois State junior quarterback Jake Kolbe takes a high snap during a 37-21 victory over South Dakota on Oct. 21 at Hancock Stadium. Kolbe and the Redbirds have climbed into the top 15 in both FCS national polls after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked opponents.


NORMAL — Two straight victories over nationally ranked teams have vaulted the Illinois State football team into the top 15 of both major FCS national polls.

The Redbirds moved up four spots to No. 12 in the STATS rankings and eight places to No. 13 in the FCS Coaches poll after a 35-0 win over Youngstown State, which dropped out of the rankings.

STATS places five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams in its top 25 with North Dakota State second, South Dakota sixth, South Dakota State 10th and Western Illinois 15th.

The FCS Coaches list also has North Dakota State at No. 2 and South Dakota at No. 6 with South Dakota State No. 8 and Western Illinois No. 18.

ISU (6-2) faces Western Illinois (5-3) on Saturday at Hancock Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Northern Arizona, which handed the Redbirds one of their losses, is ranked 16th by the FCS Coaches and 18th by STATS.


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