Southern Illinois Salukis at South Dakota State Jackrabbits
College Football: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium)
The Line: South Dakota State Jackrabbits -15 -- Over/Under: 54 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Southern Illinois Salukis and South Dakota State Jackrabbits meet Sunday in the college football NCAA Division I Quarterfinal at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
The Southern Illinois Salukis look for another win after beating Weber State last week. Stone Labanowitz is completing 73.2 percent of his passes for 994 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Labanowitz and Nic Baker have combined for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Avante Cox and Landon Lenoir have combined for 1,241 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Justin Strong has 25 receptions. The Southern Illinois Salukis ground game is averaging 192.6 yards per contest, and Javon Williams Jr. leads the way with 507 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing 29.5 points and 386 yards per game. Bryson Strong leads the Southern Illinois Salukis with 66 tackles, Jordan Berner has three sacks and Clayton Bush has one interception.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits look for another playoff win after beating Holy Cross last week. Mark Gronowski is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 1,204 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Jaxon Janke and Jadon Janke have combined for 713 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Pierre Strong has 14 receptions. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits ground game is averaging 225.7 yards per contest, and Strong leads the way with 524 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, South Dakota State is allowing 14 points and 226 yards per game. Preston Tetzlaff leads the South Dakota State Jackrabbits with 49 tackles, Tolu Ogunrinde has three sacks and Josh Manchigiah has three interceptions.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have been nothing but impressive this season and they should be favorites at home with an elite level defense that's given up nothing. However, South Dakota State has also had issues pulling away from opponents and has allowed opposing teams to hang around at times. Also, the Southern Illinois Salukis are not a pushover, as they just beat a good Weber State team last week and has other ranked wins over North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. Southern Illinois Salukis has done more than enough this season to deserve a look in the underdog role here.