"It's nice to see that our hard work is being noticed by people outside the program," Schaudt said. "When you're in high school or college, it was always a notch in your belt if you could beat someone who was ranked higher than you, but we're already used to getting the best effort from our opponents."
Minnesota State (6-0) plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. Last season, at Blakeslee Stadium, the Mustangs led 24-10 with seven minutes remaining before the Mavericks rallied for a 34-31 overtime victory.
"Southwest has a great offense, and we have something to prove from last year," Schaudt said. "We want to hold on to the ranking and prove we deserve it."