With Southeast Missouri State’s sixth straight win coming this past Saturday, the Redhawks continue to move up in the national football rankings jumping from 18th and 20th to 13th in both major Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) polls.
Southeast moved up five spots in The Sports Network media poll and seven spots in the coaches poll. This is the first time since 2003 that SEMO football program has cracked national rankings. This is the Redhawks highest rankings in school history. The previous high since joining the FCS in 1991 was 20th.
This record setting program continues to look at other school marks including their longest winning streak, which is seven, set back in 1975.
The schedule in some terms, gets easier in terms of travel, but in terms of opponents, things only get tougher. SEMO played five of their first seven games on the road, and not will have a three game homestand beginning Saturday against Ohio Valley Conference power house Eastern Kentucky.
The Colonels have beaten the Redhawks the last nine times and are 18-2 over against SEMO. The Redhawks have never beat EKU at Houck Stadium. The way this season has gone, that could all change.