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Illinois State cheerleaders perform during the Redbirds' 37-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference loss to North Dakota State on Saturday at Hancock Stadium.

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A 37-3 loss to North Dakota State sent the Illinois State football team downward in the national FCS rankings announced Monday.

The 3-2 Redbirds slipped four spots to 14th in the STATS poll and seven rungs to 13th in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.

North Dakota State remained first in both polls with South Dakota State third.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference continues to have five teams in the top 25.

A win over Youngstown State helped Northern Iowa move from 13th to 10th in both lists. The loss dropped the Penguins one place to 19th in the STATS poll while they stayed at No. 17 according to the AFCA.

ISU faces Southern Illinois on Saturday in a 6 p.m. game at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale.

This article originally ran on pantagraph.com.

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