Well, grab your foam fingers and tailgate snacks, South Dakota, because things are about to get as heated as last year’s chili cook off. The No. 1-ranked Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University (SDSU) are strutting into the DakotaDome this Saturday to face off against the No. 4-ranked Coyotes of University of South Dakota (USD). As far as intrastate rivalries go, this is shaping up to be the Super Bowl of South Dakota.
Now, don’t be fooled. This isn’t just a regular weekend game between two state rivals. These teams are 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and both are ranked in the top 5 in the FCS. This is like a clash between Godzilla and King Kong, except with fewer buildings being destroyed.
For those lucky enough to have snared a ticket to this sold-out game, you’ll be part of history. The smell of popcorn and the roar of the crowd at DakotaDome in Vermillion is something you’ll want to bottle up and preserve like grandma’s homemade pickles.
USD’s coach, Bob Nielson, has pretty much said, “Bring it on!” but in a more politically correct, less wrestling promo-esque way. His team is 4-0 in the DakotaDome this season, and their winning streak stands at an impressive six games.
On the other side, SDSU, the reigning champs and state pride, are riding a wave so high it probably has its own altitude sickness. Their winning streak stands at a mighty 21 games, and they’re not about to let their momentum flatline.
Okay, so you didn’t manage to get tickets to this monumental match? Don’t sweat it. The game will be broadcast on Midco Sports and streamed on ESPN+ and Midco Sports Plus. Just make sure to have your favorite armchair and bag of chips ready.
Have your radios dialed into the right Coyote and Jackrabbit affiliates too. Trust me, there’s nothing like hearing a sports announcer lose their mind in real-time.
A rivalry that dates back to 1889, this game is like a tradition passed down from generation to generation. It’s like a family recipe, except instead of adding sugar or salt, you add passion, competition, and the hope your team comes out on top. SDSU currently leads the series, but as we all know, football is as predictable as a cat on a hot tin roof.
So, whether you’ll be supporting the Coyotes’ robust defense and rushing prowess, or the Jackrabbits’ unbeaten head coach and offensive firepower, remember to enjoy the game. After all, the true spirit of football is in the camaraderie, fair play, and the chance to tease your rivals mercilessly for the next year.
Remember, South Dakota, may the odds be ever in your favor. Because in this game, it’s not just about football, it’s about that delicious flavor of victory. So get ready, sit back, and let the game begin.