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No. 6 ranked Jacks take on Lions Saturday
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South Dakota State University (2-0) vs. Southeastern Louisiana University (1-1), 6 p.m. in Brookings

BROOKINGS -- The. No. 6 Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University will put their eight-game home winning streak on the line Saturday when they welcome Southeastern Louisiana to Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for 6 p.m. kickoff.

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SDSU, coming off a victory over rival North Dakota, has yet to turn the ball over in 2013. The Jackrabbits have also forced opposing offenses into mistakes, compiling five interceptions and recovering a fumble so far this young season.

Running back Zach Zenner will be seeking to continue his All-American play against the Lions. Zenner racked up a school-record tying 295 yards on the ground last week against UND and had a career-high four touchdowns.

This will be the second meeting all time and in as many years between the two schools. Zenner had another outstanding performance in 2012 on the road against Southeast Louisiana, rushing for 278 yards, powering SDSU to a 31-14 victory.

The Lions are coming off a loss to FBS-power Texas Christian University last week 38-17.

Augustana College (1-0) at Minot State University (0-1), 6 p.m. in Minot, ND

MINOT, ND -- Augustana College will hit the road for the first time in 2013 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference crossover matchup with Minot State University Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Vikings are coming off a 41-28 victory in their opener over Minnesota State University-Moorhead last week.

Viking quarterback Trey Heid, making only his second career start, will attempt to continue his solid play from last week. Heid threw for 166 yards, rushed for 83 and accounted for two Augustana touchdowns against MSU-Moorhead.

Sophomore Viking kicker Lucas Wainman was named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after setting a school record with a 53-yard field goal in the team's opener.

Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting with between the two schools.

Northern State University (1-0, 1-0 NSIC) at Sioux Falls University (0-1, 0-1 NSIC). 6:30 p.m. in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS -- The Wolves and Cougars have not met on the gridiron for 54 years, but that will all change Saturday when Northern State University visits the University of Sioux Falls for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

The once-upon-a-time rivalry was forced into purgatory in 1959 when USF moved to the Tri-State Conference. The teams played 12 times before the hiatus, with NSU posting a dominant 10-2 record against the Cougars.

Saturday will be a tough home test for USF, which currently holds an 42-1 record at Bob Young Field.

NSU quarterback Jared Jacobson will be the key on offense for the Wolves after throwing for 214 yards and recording three total touchdowns in the Wolves' week-one win over Wayne State.

The Cougar offense will need to get NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Carrington Hanna involved. Hanna currently sits at 1,000 yards receiving for his career.

Dakota State University (0-2) at Valley City State University (1-1), 6 p.m. in Valley City, ND

VALLEY CITY, ND -- In the first North Star Athletic Association conference game for Dakota State University, the Trojans will look to break through for their first win of the season on the road against Valley City State University Saturday at 6 p.m.

After missing a last second field goal try in last week's matchup against Dordt College (Iowa), the Trojans will need continued yards on the ground from Dylan VandeGarde and Cole Whisenhunt, who combined for 136 yards and a score on the ground last week.

Saturday will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between the two schools. VCSU has won its previous six meetings with DSU, including a 41-31 victory in 2012. The past four matchup in the series have all seen the teams combine for at least 70 points.

Preston Powell was named NSAA Defensive Player of the week for his performance against Dordt, which included eight tackles and the first interception of the year for the Trojans.

Black Hills State University (0-1) at SD Mines and Technology (1-1), 6 p.m. in Rapid City

RAPID CITY -- Archrivals Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will need to bounce back from tough losses when they face off in the "Battle for the Homestake Trophy" in Rapid City Saturday at 6 p.m.

Last week saw the Hardrockers muster just 195 yards of total offense as they were pummeled 72-6 on the road against Colorado Mines. The loss followed a convincing win the opener for SD Mines, where the offense rolled up 489 total yards on Cole College.

Black Hills State suffered a 38-26 road loss last week on the road against Angelo State. Yellow Jacket quarterback Ward Anderson looked sharp in the season opener, finishing with 363 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.

Last year's contest was a convincing 35-6 win at home for BHSU.