The 2023 FCS Championship semifinals stage a clash of titans in Brookings, South Dakota, as the defending champion South Dakota State Jackrabbits face the upstart Albany Great Danes. While the Jackrabbits, riding a 27-game win streak and boasting an offensive juggernaut, stand as a formidable Goliath, the Great Danes, making their historic first semifinal appearance, enter the fray armed with grit, resilience, and a touch of magic.
How to Watch
What it is: 2023 FCS Football Championship
Matchup: South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs Albany (NY) Great Danes
Date: Friday Dec. 15, 2023
Time: 7pm ET
Locations: Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Brookings, SD
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The Jackrabbits’ offensive arsenal presents a daunting challenge. Ranking seventh in scoring nationally, their offense boasts zero apparent weaknesses. They convert third downs with unparalleled efficiency, dominate the red zone, and rank sixth in total offense. Stopping them feels like trying to dam a raging river.
But the Great Danes, playing the role of David in this David-and-Goliath saga, are far from powerless. Their quarterback, Reese Poffenbarger, has earned the moniker “ReeseMagic” for his Houdini-esque escapability and big-playmaking ability. His magic could be the spark that ignites Albany’s championship run.
Furthermore, Albany boasts a formidable defensive trio of All-Americans: Anton Juncaj, Dylan Kelly, and Aamir Hall. This iron wall has the potential to shut down even the most potent offenses, making Albany a force to be reckoned with.
A Statistical Showdown with Unprecedented Stakes
The statistical landscape paints a picture of two formidable forces:
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This clash transcends a mere game; it holds the potential to rewrite the narrative of the FCS landscape. For South Dakota State, a victory cements their dynasty, while for Albany, it would be a historic upset, forever etching their name in FCS lore.
Tune in on Friday, December 15th, 7pm ET on ESPNU to witness this epic showdown. Will South Dakota State’s offensive juggernaut prevail, or will Albany’s “ReeseMagic” and defensive might lead them to a David-and-Goliath victory for the ages? The answer awaits on the gridiron in Brookings, South Dakota.