Over the past decade or so, South Dakota State has achieved some lofty firsts in program history.

From the first NCAA Division I season in 2004, to the first FCS Playoff appearance in 2009, to the first post season victory in 2012, to the first playoff road victory in 2013, the Jackrabbits have been building quite the body of work.

But now, for the first time, South Dakota State is one of the five best teams in the nation.

The Jackrabbits are fifth in this week's STATS FCS Top 25, right on the heels of two other Missouri Valley Football Conference teams, North Dakota State and Illinois State. The #3 Bison open league play at the #5 Jackrabbits this Saturday night in Brookings.

Half of the Top Ten this week are teams from the MVC.

The Top Five ranking isn't just the highest in SDSU's Division I history, it's actually the highest they've been in the polls ever, after qualifying for the post season just once in Division II (1979).

STATS FCS Top 25

1 Jacksonville State 3-1 3814 (89) 1
2 Coastal Carolina 4-0 3705 (40) 2
3 North Dakota State 2-1 3594 (16) 3
4 Illinois State 2-1 3356 (2) 4
5 South Dakota State 3-0 3242 (6) 6
6 James Madison 4-0 3187 (4) 9
7 UNI 2-1 3075 (1) 7
8 Chattanooga 3-1 2776 8
9 Eastern Washington 2-2 2532 11
10 Youngstown State 2-1 2071 13
11 Montana State 2-1 2053 15
12 Sam Houston State 1-2 1986 12
13 Montana 2-2 1897 14
14 Villanova 2-2 1836 5
15 Fordham 3-1 1713 16
16 Portland State 3-0 1604 17
17 Eastern Kentucky 2-1 1269 18
18 Liberty 2-2 1251 10
19 Richmond 2-1 1117 19
20 New Hampshire 2-2 872 21
21 Indiana State 2-1 774 22
22 Southeastern Louisiana 2-1 719 23
23 McNeese State 3-0 688 25
24 Harvard 2-0 640 24
25 William & Mary 2-1 NR NR