Since joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2008, the Jackrabbits have posted a record of 32-17. Year-in and year-out the MVFC has been proven to be one of the most toughest conferences to play in. The MVFC ranks number one overall in the 2013 GPI Rankings.
1. Missouri Valley Football Conference (27.00)
2. Colonial Athletic Association (31.06)
3. Ohio Valley Conference (36.17)
4. Southland Conference (37.27)
5. Southern Conference (45.95)
On a team level, South Dakota State ranks eighth in the GPI Team Rankings.
GPI Team Rankings:
1. N Dakota St (1.00)
2. E Illinois (2.57)
3. Towson (2.71)
4. E Washington (3.71)
5. SE Louisiana (5.57)
6. New Hampshire (6.86)
7. Coastal Carolina (8.14)
8. S Dakota St (9.43)
9. Jacksonville St (11.71)
10. Maine (12.57)
The Jackrabbit faithful show up week-in and week-out to cheer on their football team. Coughlin Alumni Stadium averaged 10,694 fans during the regular season, which ranked in the top-25 of the FCS level.
John Stiegelmeier has been the head coach of the Jackrabbit football team since the 1997 season. Stiegelmeier was a key part in over seeing the major success in the transformation from the Division II era to the Division I era. On November 3, 2012, he won his 100th game as head coach of the Jackrabbits.