MSU improved six spots from the preseason poll after posting a 35-7 road victory against the University of Mary. This is the highest ranking MSU has received in the D2Football.com poll since week one of the 2016 season when it was ranked fourth.
The Mavericks are one of three NSIC schools ranked in the top-25. Sioux Falls improved to the ninth spot in the poll, while Minnesota Duluth fell to 17th. USF defeated UMD 26-7 last week in Duluth.