FCS Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Final 2018 Playoff Prediction
November 18, 2018
All the regular season games have been played, and let’s get right to it.
Once again, a quick recap of the rules for the ability to qualify for the FCS Playoffs:
The field for the FCS Playoffs is determined at the conclusion of the FCS regular season, which is the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
There are 10 conferences that get autobids to the playoffs, the Big Sky, Big South, CAA, Northeast, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Pioneer Football League, Southern, and Southland Conferences.
Two conferences, the SWAC and MEAC, choose to send their champions to the Celebration Bowl, a postseason event that’s separate from the FCS playoffs. (Additionally, the SWAC also plays a championship game, and also have scheduled some games on Thanksgiving or beyond.)
What this means is that their conference champions play in the Heritage Bowl and not the playoffs, though second-placed teams that don’t have Thanksgiving or later games could be considered instead.
A third, the Ivy League, chooses to not send its members to the FCS playoffs, which is a crying shame this season because 9-0 Princeton or 8-1 Dartmouth are two of the strongest teams in all of FCS and thanks to their conference’s University Presidents, are barred from playing in the postseason.
Conference Champions/Autobid Winners:
Big Sky: 9-2 (7-1) Weber State
Big South: 10-1 (5-0) Kennesaw State
Colonial Athletic Association: 8-3 (6-1) Maine
Missouri Valley: 11-0 (8-0) North Dakota State
Northeast: 8-3 (4-1) Duquesne
Ohio Valley: 8-3 (7-1) Jacksonville State
Patriot League: 9-1 (6-0) Colgate
Pioneer: 9-2 (8-0) San Diego
Southern: 8-3 (6-2) Wofford
Southland: 7-3 (5-2) Nicholls
North Dakota State
South Dakota State
Next Teams Up: UC Davis, Colgate
Rest of the field:
Colgate, Delaware, Duquesne, East Tennessee State, Indiana State, Jacksonville State, Monmouth, Montana State, Lamar, Northern Iowa, Nicholls, San Diego, Southeast Missouri State, Stony Brook, Towson, UC Davis
Last Four In:
Stony Brook, Lamar, Monmouth, Northern Iowa
The Bubble’s Burst:
Illinois State, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Elon
Potential 1st Round Matchups:
Duquesne at Towson Southeast Missouri State at Nicholls San Diego at UC Davis Indiana State at Montana State Lamar at Northern Iowa Monmouth at Delaware Colgate at Stony Brook East Tennessee State at Jacksonville State
Potential 2nd Round Matchups:
Indiana State/Montana State winner at No. 1 NDSU San Diego/UC Davis winner at No. 2 Weber State Duquesne/Towson winner at No. 3 Kennesaw State ETSU/Jacksonville State winner at No. 4 James Madison Lamar/Northern Iowa winner at No. 5 Eastern Washington SEMO/Nicholls winner at No. 6 South Dakota State Monmouth/Delaware winner at No. 7 Maine Colgate/Stony Brook winner at No. 8 Wofford