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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2022 College Sports Journal Group of Five Super Seventy Preseason All-American Team

Seventy student-athletes in the NCAA Division I Football’s Group of Five FBS Conferences have been named to the 2022 College Sports Journal Group of Five All-America Team.

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Mar. 12

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament. This is the last projection before the actual bracket is announced later today (Sunday. March 13) evening. Gonzaga is projected to not only a #1 seed but the top seed overall in this year’s tournament. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 12

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 12th, 2022. This will be the final regular season poll. A final rankings will be placed after the national title game in April. Murray State stays in the top position this week. The Racers won the Ohio Valley […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 12

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 12th, 2022. This will be the final regular season poll. A final rankings will come out after the national championship game in early April. Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Mar. 6

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending March 6, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as a #2 seed. A total of 13 High […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 6

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 6th, 2022. Murray State stays in the top position this week. The Racers won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this past weekend and will be an automatic selection to the NCAA Tournament. Murray State defeated Southeast Missouri State […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 6

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 6th, 2022. Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 20th, 2022.  Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 27

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending February 27, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as a #2 seed. A total of 13 High […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 27

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 27th, 2022. Murray State stays in the top position this week. The Racers defeated its two Ohio Valley opponents in Belmont and Southeast Missouri State this past week as they head into the OVC Tournament later this week. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 27

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 27th, 2022. Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 20th, 2022.  Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 20

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending February 20, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as a #3 seed. A total of 12 High […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 20

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 20th, 2022. Murray State moves up a spot this week to take over the the top position. The Racers defeated its two Ohio Valley opponents in Austin Peay and Tennessee-Martin this past week. Current OVC rival Belmont moves […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 20

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 20th, 2022. Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs defeated Pepperdine and Santa Clara in WCC play this past week. Houston stays at the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 13

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending February 13, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as a #3 seed. A total of 12 High […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 13

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 13th, 2022. Belmont stays in the top position this week. The Bruins defeated its two Ohio Valley opponents in Morehead State and Southeast Missouri State this past week. Current OVC rival Murray State stays at the #2 spot. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 13

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 13th, 2022.  Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs defeated Pacific and Saint Mary’s in WCC play this past week. Houston stays at the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 6

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending February 6, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as a #1 seed. A total of 12 High […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 6

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 6th, 2022. Belmont stays in the top position this week. The Bruins defeated its two Ohio Valley opponents in Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State this past week. Current OVC rival Murray State stays at the #2 spot. The […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 6

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 6th, 2022. Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs defeated San Diego and BYU in WCC play this past week. Houston stays at the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Jan. 30

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending January 30, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the first #2 seed. A total of 10 […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 30

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 30th, 2022. Belmont stays in the top position this week. The Bruins defeated its two Ohio Valley opponents in Austin Peay and Tennessee-Martin this past week. Current OVC rival Murray State stays at the #2 spot. The Racers […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 30

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 30th, 2022.  Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs defeated Loyola Marymount and Portland in WCC play this past week. Houston stays at the […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Jan. 23

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending January 23, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the second #2 seed. A total of 10 […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 23

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 23rd, 2022. Belmont stays in the top position this week. The Bruins after defeating SIE-Edwardsville, lost at OVC rival Morehead State this past Saturday but still stay in the top spot this week. Current OVC rival Murray State […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 23

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 23rd, 2022. Gonzaga stays at the top in these rankings, as well as the overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs defeated San Francisco in its lone game this past week. Houston stays at the #2 […]

2022 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Jan. 17

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament are currently projecting Gonzaga as the overall number one seed for the week ending January 17, 2022. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the second #2 seed. A total of 11 […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 17

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 17th, 2022. Gonzaga starts out this poll not only in the top spot but also the top overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs have Power Six wins over the Big 12’s Texas and Texas Tech, […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Jan. 17

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 17th, 2022. Belmont is in the top position in this first poll CSJ has conducted this season. The Bruins have started the season at 14-4 with wins over the Missouri Valley’s Drake and Evansville, as well as the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–FINAL 2021

Below are the Final 2021 Top 25 FCS rankings based on the Sagarin rankings after all postseason games have been completed in Division I play. These rankings include all FBS Bowl games and the entire FCS playoffs, including both the FCS and CFP National Championship games. North Dakota State remains in the top spot following […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – FINAL 2021

Below are the Final 2021 Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings after all postseason games have been completed in Division I play. These rankings include all FBS Bowl games and the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati stays at the top spot despite losing to Alabama in the College Football […]

Nine is Just Fine for North Dakota State in Defeating Montana State for the 2022 FCS National Title

FRISCO, Tex. — North Dakota State, who was the #2 seed in this year’s Division I FCS Playoffs, scored on its first three drives to really finish off the 2022 National Championship game.  The Bison also scored the first 35 points of the game to dominate #8 seeded Montana State to a 38-10 final in […]

2022 Division I FCS National Championship Game Preview: #8 Montana State vs. #2 North Dakota State

These two border state schools in the northern part of the country head south to Texas to see who is the best in the FCS this year when Montana State and North Dakota State meet this Saturday.

For the Bison, this is old hat. This is NDSU’s ninth trip to Frisco in the last 11 years. The two missing years were this past spring’s contest–held then due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2016 when James Madison upset NDSU in the semi-final round. And all prior eight trips to north Texas have resulted in the Bison capturing the crown.

For Montana State, this is the first trip to the national title game since 1984 when the Bobcats won the title over Louisiana Tech in a game played in Charleston, S.C. MSU has been a contender in the playoffs though as the last season this team played it made it to the FCS semifinals in 2019 to the same team it will playing this year in the title game in NDSU.

North Dakota State’s Road to Frisco for the Ninth Time in Eleven Years

This year, North Dakota State will play for its unprecedented ninth Division I title in football to enter its first title game in a new decade after winning eight of ten titles in the 2010s. The Bison will be facing Montana State, who are somewhat the new kids on the block. Of course, Montana State […]

Group of Five 2021-22 Bowl Second Half Recap & Highlights

The bowl season after the first weekend looked much like it did in the 2020-21 season as we saw several games canceled or opponents displaced because of the COVID-19 outbreaks amongst the teams. In fact, five bowl games were altogether canceled this season including four that involved Group of Five squads. But the big story […]

CSJ 2021 Goodyear Cotton Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal) Preview: #4 Cincinnati vs. #1 Alabama

After years of public uproar (especially of those that follow the non-Power Five leagues) in the consideration of Group of Five schools, Cincinnati gets their shot to show what it can do in a college football playoff setting. In previous years, undefeated G5 schools were passed up for one-loss Power Five teams, UCF was that team in 2017 who like Cincinnati was the only undefeated team in the FBS ranks.
The Bearcats get a shot at the top seeded team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama won the SEC Championship Game in convincing fashion, with a 41-24 win over previously undefeated Georgia.

Group of Five 2021-22 Bowl First Weekend Recap & Highlights

The first weekend is in the books for the Group of Five teams. Eight bowls were played Dec. 17th and 18th–all involving at least one G5 team in those games. The big story of the weekend was Western Kentucky’s QB Bailey Zappe breaking former LSU QB Joe Burrow’s record with 61st TD pass of season in WKU’s 59-38 win over Appalachian State in the Boca Raton Bowl. Zappe also broke the pass yardage record with over 5,800 yards passing.

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Semifinal Preview: South Dakota State at #8 Montana State

FCS SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT MONTANA STATEWHERE: BOBCAT STADIUM, BOZEMAN, MONT.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 12:00 PM MSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN2 / WATCHESPN The other semifinal game between James Madison and North Dakota State will rightfully get its attention as those are the top seeds left in the final four but the South Dakota State-Montana State […]

CSJ 2021 Tailgreeter Cure Bowl Preview: Coastal Carolina vs. Northern Illinois

This Cure Bowl is another great match-up just like the game was a year ago. Coastal Carolina makes a return visit after losing the game last year versus Liberty in overtime. Northern Illinois makes its first appearance in this bowl game and the first from any MAC school in this bowl game.

CSJ 2021 Bahamas Bowl Preview: Toledo vs. Middle Tennessee

The first college bowl game of the holiday season gets under way away from the United States. The lone bowl game to be played outside of the USA is this Bahamas Bowl. This game pits Toledo out of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) versus Middle Tennessee, out of Conference USA in the seventh game on the island nation (the 2020 Bahamas Bowl was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Quarterfinal Preview: South Dakota State at #5 Villanova

This game will mark the second matchup between SDSU and Villanova on the gridiron. The first meeting also took place in the postseason, with the Jackrabbits pulling out a 10-7 victory on a late field goal in 2016 in a game played at Brookings.

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Quarterfinal Preview: #7 East Tennessee State at #2 North Dakota State

FCS QUARTERFINAL PLAYOFF MATCHUP: EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 11:00AM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN / WATCHESPN Two conference champions meet in Fargo in this quarterfinal round match-up. East Tennessee State won the Southern Conference title this year and defeated Kennesaw State in the second round of the Division I FCS […]

2021-22 College Bowl Games for Group of Five Schools

A total of 42 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semi-finals and championship, are scheduled to take place beginning Dec. 17 with the Bahamas Bowl and ending Jan. 10 with the College Football Playoff National Championship in Indianapolis. Of the 42 bowls, 23 of the bowls will include at least one team from the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Dec. 4

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings after the conference championship games, Dec. 4th, 2021. This will be the final rankings until all the bowls are played. A final rankings will be submitted after the National Championship game in January. Cincinnati remains at the top spot […]

2021 FBS Group of Five Championship Games Highlights and Recaps

A 2021 season like no other has taken place where finally a Group of Five team will undoubtedly be playing in the College Football Playoff. Cincinnati won the American Athletic Conference title over Houston to finish (thanks to Alabama also winning the SEC over Georgia) as the only undefeated team in all of FBS. The […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Second Round Preview: South Dakota State at #4 Sacramento State

FCS SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT SACRAMENTO STATEWHERE: HORNET STADIUM, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 6:00PM PSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ A first time match-up will take place in Sacramento in the Division I FCS Second Round when South Dakota State visits Sacramento State. Sacramento State was the Big Sky Conference champions with an unblemished conference mark to […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff Second Round Preview: Southern Illinois at #2 North Dakota State

FCS SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTH DAKOTA STATEWHERE: FARGODOME, FARGO, N.D.WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2:30PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ Southern Illinois advanced the first round last week by defeating Missouri Valley Football Conference mate South Dakota on the road. The reward for the Salukis is to face another MVFC foe on the road in #2 […]

CSJ 2021 American Athletic Conference Championship Game Preview — Houston at Cincinnati

HOUSTON AT CINCINNATIWHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 4:00 PM ESTWHERE: NIPPERT STADIUM, CINCINNATI, OHIOTV/STREAMING: ABC / WATCHESPN To put it simply, this is the type of championship game that American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco was thinking when he made the claim that the AAC is the Power Six conference. While this game has had UCF and Cincinnati as undefeated […]

CSJ 2021 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game Preview — Appalachian State at Louisiana

APPALACHIAN STATE AT LOUISIANAWHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 3:30 PM ESTWHERE: CAJUN FIELD, LAFAYETTE, LA.TV/STREAMING: ESPN / WATCHESPN The two teams that the Sun Belt Conference has ever seen in its history of the game will meet again this year for the third time. Appalachian State will travel to Louisiana after these two schools met the first two times the […]