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Key Matchups to Look for in UAlbany Football’s FCS Semifinal Game against South Dakota State


UAlbany football‍ has made history in the 2023 season, and the excitement continues as the Great Danes gear up to play in the NCAA ‍FCS semifinals‌ for the first time. The‌ highly anticipated matchup against South Dakota State is set to‍ take place at​ Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, South Dakota, and‌ will be televised nationally ⁢on ESPN2. This game is a⁣ clash between the No. 5 seed UAlbany, with an impressive 11-3 overall record, and the top-seeded Jackrabbits, who are currently undefeated at ‌13-0 overall. South Dakota State ​is the defending FCS national champion ⁣and⁣ is riding a 27-game win streak into Friday’s showdown.

Here are three ⁢key matchups that could determine​ the outcome of the game and decide who advances to the FCS championship game on Jan. 7 in​ Frisco, Texas.

UAlbany’s front seven vs. SDSU’s run game

The‍ matchup between UAlbany’s front seven and​ SDSU’s run game promises ⁤to be a thrilling strength-on-strength battle. South Dakota State’s running back Isaiah Davis, an ⁣Associated Press first-team All-American, has been a standout performer this season, ⁤rushing for ⁣1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns. UAlbany’s defense, known for its⁣ stingy run-stopping ability, has allowed just 78.3 yards‌ per game ⁤on‍ the ground. The Great Danes will need to maintain​ their defensive prowess to contain Davis and the‌ Jackrabbits’ formidable run game.

UAlbany’s secondary vs. SDSU’s Janke‌ twins

The Janke twins, ⁢Jadon and Jaxon, have been instrumental ⁣in South Dakota State’s offensive⁣ success, ‌combining⁢ for ⁤91 receptions, 1,470 yards,⁣ and 13 touchdowns. UAlbany’s secondary faces the challenge of containing these​ dynamic receivers while also dealing ⁣with the threat⁣ posed by SDSU’s⁣ efficient passer, Mark Gronowski. The ‌Great Danes’ defensive backs will need to step up and⁣ deliver a solid performance to neutralize the Janke twins and limit SDSU’s passing game.

UAlbany’s Reese ⁢Poffenbarger vs. SDSU’s stingy defense

Reese Poffenbarger, UAlbany’s talented quarterback, will be up against South Dakota State’s formidable defense, which boasts⁢ the best ‌scoring defense in the nation, allowing just 10.46 points per game. Poffenbarger’s ability to create big plays and capitalize ‌on opportunities ⁤will be crucial in breaking through SDSU’s defensive stronghold. With ⁣both teams showcasing their strengths⁤ and talents, the ⁢stage is set‍ for an electrifying semifinal showdown.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan, an informed and passionate sports reporter, is a former college athlete with a degree in Sports Communication from Ithaca College. Go Bombers!
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  1. Good punctuation and grammar, agree.
    Excited to witness the epic face-off between UAlbany and South Dakota State in the FCS Semifinal Game!


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