It will be No. 9 Cal Poly against No. 12 North Dakota State in a Great West Football Conference at Mustang Stadium on Saturday.
Cal Poly climbed one more position to No. 9 in the two NCAA Division I-AA polls following its 31-14 victory at Northern Colorado on Saturday. North Dakota State fell one spot in the ESPN/USA Today poll and climbed one position in The Sports Network poll after defeating Nicholls State 26-13.
The Mustangs were ranked 17th in both preseason polls. After a 38-10 win over then-No. 11 Montana State on Sept. 17, Cal Poly climbed to No. 12. The Mustangs opened defense of their Great West Football Conference title with a 24-16 victory at South Dakota State on Sept. 24 and jumped to No. 10 in the polls.
Cal Poly was ranked as high as No. 5 in the 2004 polls, winning its first seven games before suffering back-to-back losses to UC Davis and Eastern Washington.
Besides No. 12 North Dakota State, other Cal Poly opponents in the rankings this week include No. 4 Montana, No. 11 Montana State, No. 15 Eastern Washington and No. 25 Idaho State.