JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State is not sitting where it is accustomed to, but coach John Grass said on Monday at JSU’s weekly press conference that the team’s main goal is still intact.

Winning the Ohio Valley Conference for a sixth consecutive season would take a ton of help and a miracle after Saturday’s 24-21 loss to Southeast Missouri.

The Gamecocks sit fifth in the current standings at 5-3 overall, 2-2 in conference. UT Martin is atop the OVC with a 4-0 record. Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri are all 2-1 above the Gamecocks. Austin Peay and SEMO both have already beaten JSU.

But the goal of making the playoffs is still there. Since the FCS playoffs expanded from 16 to 24 teams in 2013, no team with nine wins against Division I opponents has not been selected for the playoffs. If JSU wins out, they would be 9-3.

“All of our hopes and dreams are still alive and we are still chasing that,” Grass said. “That’s a good thing. All we can do is go 1-0 this week and take care of business this week at home against Murray.”

Grass said the week of practice was good heading into the SEMO game. The sixth-year JSU coach liked the physicality the Gamecocks played with Saturday. JSU held the Skyhawks to 60 rush yards. SEMO was averaging 196.3 rush yards heading into last week’s game.

“That type energy and intensity and that type defense, we have a shot to be a pretty good team,” Grass said. “A lot of people on the outside, they don’t know. If you’ve never coached or played before, you don’t know what goes on with a team and the chemistry of a team. I really liked what I saw with our team last week.”

That doesn’t mean Grass is satisfied with the loss. Jacksonville State totaled 471 yards of offense, but four turnovers were more than costly.

“Certain teams gel at certain points of the season,” he said. “That’s what I told them last week. I said, ‘We definitely haven’t peaked too early.’ But it’s never too late in a season. This season has a lot of life left in it. We are going to fight to get everything we can out of it.”

Note: Jacksonville State dropped nine spots to No. 25 in the STATS FCS Top 25. The Gamecocks have been ranked in the STATS poll for 82 consecutive weeks. The Gamecocks are No. 21 in the FCS Coaches Poll, falling seven spot.