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Coyotes vs Jackrabbits

More than a year’s worth of anticipation is about over for South Dakota college football fans.  Saturday marks the first football game between South Dakota State and the University of South Dakota in nine years.  The game is taking place at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings.  A Jackrabbit win puts the team in good shape for a playoff spot—if the Coyotes win, it means a two-win season.  U-S-D football coach Joe Glenn says a win in the rivalry game would take some of the sting out of a tough schedule.

“As far as the program goes, we’re headed in the right direction.  We started competing better throughout the season.  I think we’ve lost four games by three points—another by seven, all conference games.  So we’ve got work to do—there’s no doubt—but we’re on the right track.  It’s gonna take a little time, take some birthdays.  It’d be a great win for us, but it won’t change the way we go forward, says Glenn.”

S-D-S-U can still win a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship with a win over the Coyotes and a North Dakota State Loss.  The Bison, who defeated the Jackrabbits last weekend in Fargo, travel to meet Illinois State.