It’ll be a High-20 FCS showdown at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday, as No. three South Dakota State travels to Ohio to tackle Bo Pelini and No. 17 Youngstown State.
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Following a seven-point loss at Minnesota to start out the season, South Dakota State has reeled off wins over Lengthy Island, Drake, Southern Utah and Southern Illinois by an mixture rating of 147-30. It has been a formidable show of domination from the No. three ranked FCS squad within the land, however the stage of competitors actually leaves one thing to be desired–these 4 groups are a mixed 5-15 total.
That may change on Saturday, because the Jackrabbits get their first main FCS check of the season once they go on the highway to tackle No. 17 Youngstown State.
Bo Pelini’s squad can also be off to a 4-1 begin to the season, with their lone loss coming final week on the highway towards 10th-ranked Northern Iowa. Earlier than that seven-point defeat, that they had gained their first 4 contests by a mean of 26 factors.
Whereas SDSU rolled to a 36-7 thumping in final yr’s head-to-head matchup, it was the Penguins who got here away with the 19-7 win when these two groups final met in Youngstown in 2017. That’s one which the SDSU gamers nonetheless bear in mind.
“We simply couldn’t get off the sphere the final time we performed them (in Youngstown) and sooner or later I really feel like we began to really feel sorry for ourselves,” mentioned South Dakota State defensive finish Ryan Earith. “No one stop, however issues simply didn’t go our approach that night time. We have now to ensure we don’t let ourselves get in that place once more. We need to be probably the most bodily group on the market each time we take the sphere. We all know they’re gonna come out and attempt to run it down our throats but when we will make them one dimensional we’ll be set.”
These squads carry very comparable gameplans to the desk. They each lean on the operating sport on offense (the Jackrabbits rank 11th in FCS with 253.Four speeding yards per sport, whereas the Penguins are proper behind them with 248.zero per contest) and suffocate groups on protection (the Jackrabbits are third within the nation in yards per sport allowed at 258.2, and the Penguins are 13th at 303.6).
With two groups that mirror one another so strongly, the sport might very nicely come right down to whoever wins the turnover battle. That’s an space through which the Penguins have excelled this season, as they rank third within the nation in turnover margin with 12 takeaways and solely three giveaways.
“Our first precedence is ball safety, that takes care of numerous these issues,” SDSU fullback Luke Sellers mentioned. “We’ve acquired to remain on the sphere, let our protection relaxation and never give Youngstown additional possibilities. We are able to’t have our protection on the sphere the entire sport like we did final time. No protection goes to be efficient once they need to play that lengthy.”
All issues thought-about, this stacks up as probably the greatest video games in all of school soccer this weekend.