Illinois State is picked fourth in the preseason Missouri Valley Football Conference poll.
But the Redbirds’ magic number is three. ISU will look to make school history by gaining its third straight playoff appearance this fall.
“Playoff football is the best football in the world,” said starting quarterback Jake Kolbe. ‘That’s what all this summer training is for. The hard times are preparing you for Week 15, week 14, Week 13, the playoffs.”
The Redbirds were national runners-up in 2014 and a national quarterfinalist in 2015.