CSJ Sagarin 2018 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection – Nov. 18-Final

Using the Sagarin ratings alone to project the FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams this week.  These teams are seeded 1 through 24 for the 24 teams that make the FCS playoffs.

As a reminder, the following conferences receive an automatic bid with the automatic qualifier, while 14 teams are selected as at-large picks.

Big Sky Conference  -- Weber State
Big South Conference -- Kennesaw State
Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) -- Maine
Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) -- North Dakota State
Northeast Conference (NEC) -- Duquesne 
Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) -- Jacksonville State
Patriot League -- Colgate
Pioneer Football League -- San Diego
Southern Conference -- Wofford
Southland Conference -- Nicholls 

Below are the full 125 team Sagarin rankings.  (click on the image to see a larger view.)

Also, note that six Division I wins is what the playoff committee uses as a minimum for the number of victories so any teams that did not meet this mark were left off the projection.

Also, the Ivy League and the champions of the MEAC and SWAC conferences do not participate in the playoffs.

So using the rankings along with the automatic bid and six DI win minimum, the following would the 24 schools ranked first to 24th.

1North Dakota State (11-0)MVFC
2South Dakota State (8-2)At-Large1
3Eastern Washington (9-2)At-Large2
4James Madison  (8-3)At-Large3
5Northern Iowa  (6-5)At-Large4
6Kennesaw State (10-1)Big South
7UC Davis  (9-2)At-Large5
8Colgate  (9-1)Patriot
9Weber State  (9-2)Big Sky
10Jacksonville State (8-3)OVC
11Stony Brook   (7-4)At-Large6
12Towson   (7-4)At-Large7
13Nicholls State  (8-3)Southland
14Wofford (8-3)SoCon
15Delaware  (7-4)At-Large8
16Elon  (6-4)At-Large9
17Indiana State   (7-4)At-Large10
18Montana  (6-5)At-Large11
19Montana State (7-4)At-Large12
20Maine (8-3)CAA
21Furman  (6-4)At-Large13
22North Dakota  (6-5)At-Large14
23San Diego   (9-2)Pioneer
24Duquesne  (8-3)NEC

Next Four Out

25SE Missouri State (8-3)
26Rhode Island (6-5)
27Central Arkansas (6-5)
28Chattanooga (6-5)

The playoff committee will announce the full field at 12:30pm EST today on ESPNU.

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