Following Illinois State's third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference loss, the 'Birds see the consequences of their lackluster performance once more, dropping in the latest FCS Coaches and Stats polls.
Losing to Northern Iowa 26-16 Saturday, ISU now sits at No. 22 in the American Football Coaches Association poll and No. 14 in the FCS STATS Top 25 poll.
Illinois State is slated to face off against MVFC foe Indiana State, which defeated South Dakota 51-48 in a triple overtime matchup.
The status surrounding junior quarterback Brady Davis' health is still in question as it could be either Davis or senior quarterback Jake Kolbe under center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Davis suffered a shoulder injury last week against South Dakota State. Kolbe threw 21-for-27 for 180 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The offensive line continues its struggle handling adversity as Kolbe was sacked three times at the line of scrimmage.
Junior running back James Robinson was once again held to under 50 yards, finishing with 40 rushing yards on 16 touches, and junior Markel Smith managed only three yards on five carries.
Illinois State (5-4, 2-4 MVFC) travels to Indiana State (5-4, 3-3 MVFC) for its second consecutive road game this Saturday at noon.