Effective with the 2008 season, the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits football team will leave the Great West Football Conference and join the Gateway Football Conference. Apart from dropping a W from the conference initials, the Jacks look to improve thir schedule significantly. The GWFC had five strong members, the GWC will have nine strong members. The big thing is that the Gateway has an automatic bid into the D-I Football Playoffs. The Great West doesn't.