The Jacksonville State football team continued its dominance in the OVC with a big 49-22 win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. It marked their 5th straight win overall and 4th in a row over a conference team. The Gamecocks will hit the road this Saturday against Southeast Missouri. The Redhawks are 2-1 in the OVC after a win over Austin Peay. Meanwhile the JSU offense is finding great balance averaging 295 yards per game through the air and 257 on the ground.
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After a convincing win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday, the Jacksonville State football team has moved into the Top Five in both the AFCA Coaches Poll and the STATS FCS Top 25.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference) cruised to a 49-22 win over the Panthers on Saturday, while three teams ahead of them in each poll fell. The voters responded by moving JSU to fourth in the AFCA Coaches Poll and fifth in the STATS Top 25.
Back in the top five for the first time since the end of the 2017 regular season, it's the fifth-straight week that JSU has been in the Top 10 and the 65th time in the past 67 weeks the Gamecocks have been there. They've been in the polls for 67 weeks in a row, the third-longest active streak in the nation right now behind North Dakota State (113) and South Dakota State (85).
JSU's win over the Panthers extends the longest active conference win streak in all of Division I football to 36 games. The longest streak in JSU and OVC history is just three away from the FCS record of 39-straight conference wins by Duquesne of the Metro Atlantic Conference from 1996-2006.
The Gamecocks are the lone Ohio Valley Conference team in both polls, while Murray State is receiving one vote in the STATS Poll.
Defending champion North Dakota State sits atop both polls, while Kennesaw State is second in the Coaches and South Dakota State second in the STATS polls. James Madison is fourth in the STATS Top 25, while the Dukes trail JSU by a spot in the Coaches Poll.
JSU has been high-powered on both sides of the ball so far this season and currently ranks second national in total defense and total offense. So far, the Gamecocks are limiting their foes to just 245.5 yards per game, while they are racking up 552.5 yards per outing.
The Gamecocks begin a daunting road stretch on Saturday, when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to face Southeast Missouri. The game will begin a string of four road games over the team's final five contests. The game at SEMO will be aired on the Gamecock Radio Network and televised on ESPN+.