South Dakota State continues its Football Championship Subdivision playoff run Saturday afternoon, traveling to No. 3 national seed Eastern Washington. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time (3:05 p.m. Central) at Roos Field on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash. The Jackrabbits, who will be facing a Big Sky Conference opponent in playoff action for the second time in as many weeks, enter the matchup with a 9-4 overall record. SDSU has won its last five games, including a 26-7 victory at Northern Arizona in first-round action on Nov. 30. Eastern Washington, meanwhile, received a first-round playoff bye after compiling a 10-2 record during the regular season, including an 8-0 mark in Big Sky play to win the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The Eagles, who won an FCS national title in 2010, are making their second consecutive playoff appearance and seventh in the last 10 years. Overall, EWU is in the FCS playoffs for the 10th time. South Dakota State and Easter Washington are two of eight programs to qualify for the FCS playoffs each of the past two seasons.
THE SERIES: Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between South Dakota State and Eastern Washington on the gridiron. The Jackrabbits have compiled a 3-4 record against Big Sky opponents since moving to the Football Championship Subdivision in 2004. SDSU lost its first four games to Big Sky opposition — all to either Montana (0-3) or Montana State (0-1) — but has reeled off three consecutive victories since the start of the 2012 campaign, including last week’s 26-7 first-round playoff victory at Northern Arizona.