Playoffs ‘Til I Die: Playoff Projections, 10/25/2016
October 25, 2016
It’s that time of year again!
This year, we are picking a consensus bracket based on staff picks, Sagarin Ratings, and the FCS Coaches’ Poll to determine who we think will be in the playoff field, who is seeded, who is in, who is out.
In the FCS playoffs, there are 10 conferences that get autobids, 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 a different non-sanctioned postseason separate from the NCAA’s official playoffs. A third, the Ivy League, chooses to not send its members.
Per Sagarin, the Coaches’ Poll, and our expert picks, the possible playoff participants are below:
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The CSJ Consensus Bracket:
Big Sky: Eastern Washington
Big South: Charleston Southern
CAA: James Madison
Northeast: Sacred Heart
Missouri Valley: South Dakota State
Ohio Valley: Jacksonville State
Patriot League: Lehigh
Pioneer: San Diego
Southern: The Citadel
Southland: Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State
North Dakota State
South Dakota State
Rest of the field: The Citadel, Charleston Southern, Villanova, Montana, Central Arkansas, Youngstown State, Western Illinois, Samford, Cal Poly, Lehigh, North Dakota, UNI, Stony Brook, Tennessee State, Sacred Heart, San Diego
Last Four In: North Dakota, UNI, Stony Brook, Tennessee State
First Four Out: Liberty, Eastern Illinois, Northern Arizona, South Dakota