Author: Kent Schmidt

Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football is the Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.

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College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 16

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 16th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after the Jackrabbits defeated Western […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 16

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 16th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot after […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 7

Cincinnati continues to roll and likely will be the #2 ranked team in all of the FBS when the polls are release this week.  The Bearcats played what most thought would be the toughest AAC conference game at the beginning of the season against UCF this week.  Over the past couple of years, this game […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-Oct. 11

Using the Sagarin ranking this week, the following would be the field of 24 teams for the Division I FCS Football Playoffs. South Dakota State despite suffering their first loss of the season is predicted to be the top seed, followed by MVFC mate North Dakota State as the #2 seed. James Madison, who is […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 9

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 9th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking despite the Jackrabbits losing at […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 9

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 9th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot after […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 6

As we inch closer to the midway point of the 2021 season, some things are starting to get clearer, while others are very murky. What we know so far is that Cincinnati is very good. The Bearcats followed last week’s huge road win at Notre Dame with an easy AAC opening win Friday over Temple […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 2

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 2nd, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 4 after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 2

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 2nd, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot after […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 5

The biggest game possibly not just including Group of Five squads but all of FBS college football was the Top 10 ranking clash between Cincinnati and Notre Dame at historic Notre Dame Stadium. The soon-to-be Power Five squad Bearcats (joining the Big 12 in 2024 or 2025), dominated the first half of the game and […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 26

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 26th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 4 after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Sept. 26

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 26th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot after […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 4

The biggest news this week had to be the Power Five upset by Bowling Green over Minnesota. The Falcons came into the week at 1-2 with the lone win over FCS Murray State coming into this contest against the Big Ten’s Gophers. BGSU lost its two other contests to the SEC’s Tennessee and to the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 18

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 18th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 3 with the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Sept. 18

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 18th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot following […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 2

The biggest news this week was last Friday in the Group of Five will definitely be losing four of its strongest programs to the Big 12 Conference. The American Athletic Conference’s Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF, along with independent BYU, will be the four new members of the Power Five Conference. The Big 12 unanimously voted […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 11

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 11th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 2 following the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Sept. 11

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 11th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot following […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 1

Wow, it it good to have a full week of football back this year. Last year, we had the Mountain West and Mid-America Conferences postpone their starts to the season and also had a couple teams not play at all last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And had another play in the spring. Yes, […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Sept. 6

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Sept. 6th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. South Dakota State remains atop the ranking after Week 1 following its […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Aug. 28

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Aug. 28th, 2021. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot following […]

GAME PREVIEW: UTEP at New Mexico State

TV/STREAMING: BALLY SPORTS AZ/KVIA-ABC 7 (EL PASO)/FLOSPORTS The last game of Week 0 is one with the longest rivalries in the southwest. UTEP travels to New Mexico State in the Battle of I-10. These two schools first started playing each other in 1914 and have had a few seasons missed over the years including the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25– Preseason 2021

Below are the Top 25 FCS preseason rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the 2021 season.  CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Last spring’s runner-up South Dakota State is the preseason #1 team with MVFC […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25–Preseason 2021

Below are the Top 25 Group of Five (G5) preseason rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the 2021 season. CSJ will show weekly rankings from the Sagarin rankings throughout the season and will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. Cincinnati is rated at the top spot in the preseason […]

2021 FCS Season Preview: North Dakota State

The NDSU 2021 spring season was the worst team from the Fargo school in the last decade. The Bison still went to the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs but fell at eventual national champion Sam Houston in that round after NDSU defeated Eastern Washington in the first round.

2021 FCS Season Preview: South Dakota State

South Dakota State finally got over the hump this past spring. The Jacks beat North Dakota State in the final regular season game to earn the top seed in the FCS playoffs where they would host all playoff games in Brookings. SDSU used that home field advantage to dispatch Holy Cross, Southern Illinois, and Delaware to reach their first ever national championship game in Frisco, Texas.

2021 FCS Season Preview: North Dakota

The newest MVFC member is North Dakota had a very successful first season in the MVFC this past spring in being a tri-champion. The Fighting Hawks won their first ever DI playoff game over MVFC mate Missouri State before falling to FCS power James Madison in the quarterfinals.

2021 FCS Season Preview: Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois got over the hump this past spring with its first playoff bid since 2009. SIU used the most of their appearance in getting an upset win at Weber State in the first round and the Salukis advanced to the quarterfinals but lost at 31-26 heartbreaker to MVFC mate South Dakota State.