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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2021 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 2021 College Sports Journal G5 All-America Team.  As a reminder, the Group of Five FBS conferences include the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Sun Belt Conference […]

College Sports Journal 2021 Group of Five Preseason Rankings

Rather than do a Top 25 this year, I thought I would rank all 65 schools that make up the Group of Five FBS leagues as we head into what we all hope is a more normal 2021college football season without the COVID-19 cancelations or postponements like the 2020 season had. As a reminder, the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–FINAL Spring 2021

Below are the final Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the Division I FCS Spring 2021 schedule. These rankings are amongst all the FCS teams that participated with at least three games in the spring schedule and includes teams that may have opted out of the season. NOTE: the Ivy League and […]

South Dakota State’s Road to Their First-Ever FCS National Championship Game

South Dakota State finally has gotten over the hump. The Jackrabbits will play in their first ever football national title game this Sunday, May 18th. SDSU’s third semi-final round appearance finally got the Jacks a win to get to the national title game.

Spring 2021 FCS Round 1 Playoff Preview: Missouri State at North Dakota

This might the rarest of first round Division I FCS playoff games in the history of the event. While two teams from the same conference have played before (rule implemented if two conference mates had not played during the regular season), this game features two schools within the same conference that have never played each other as conference mates before.

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/17/2021

Well, we have made it sort of to the final regular season weekend in the Missouri Valley Football Conference spring schedule.

College Sports Journal Sagarin 2021 Spring Division I FCS Playoff Predictions–Apr. 12

Using the Sagarin ratings from this week to project the 2021 Spring Division I FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams.  These teams are seeded 1 through 16 for the 16 teams that make the FCS playoffs for this spring season. The actual […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Apr. 11

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending April 3rd. These rankings are amongst the now 88 schools participating in the spring schedule. Joining Illinois State, who opted out the prior week, to opt out of the season after starting their season are Albany, Chattanooga, and Cal Poly […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/10/2021

After a week of postponements and further schools opting out of this 2021 spring season, the Missouri Valley Football Conference is down to just two weeks left and there is a four-way tie for the top spot currently. Missouri State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State all sit atop with identical 4-1 records in conference play right now.

College Sports Journal Sagarin 2021 Spring Division I FCS Playoff Predictions–Apr. 5

Using the Sagarin ratings from this week to project the 2021 Spring Division I FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams. These teams are seeded 1 through 16 for the 16 teams that make the FCS playoffs for this spring season. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Apr. 3

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending April 3rd. These rankings are amongst the now 88 schools participating in the spring schedule. Joining Illinois State, who opted out the prior week, to opt out of the season after starting their season are Albany, Chattanooga, and Cal Poly […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 4/3/2021

Last week was a lost week for over half the MVFC squads and this week looks to be same. Two games last week were postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 reasons with the North Dakota at Youngstown State and North Dakota State at South Dakota games both called off last week. The UND-YSU game will […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin 2021 Spring Division I FCS Playoff Predictions–Mar. 29

Using the Sagarin ratings from this week alone to project the 2021 Spring Division I FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams.  These teams are seeded 1 through 16 for the 16 teams that make the FCS playoffs for this spring […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 28

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 28th. These rankings are amongst the now 91 schools participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in the 2021 spring schedule.   The Big Sky Conference was the big winner […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/27/2021

This week with just four games, the biggest appears to be Southern Illinois at Missouri State with the winner staying in the MVFC title and FCS playoff race and the loser likely will be on the outside. Here are all the previews and my predictions for the MVFC games this week.

College Sports Journal Sagarin 2021 Spring Division I FCS Playoff Predictions–Mar. 22

Using the Sagarin ratings from this week alone to project the 2021 Spring Division I FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams.  These teams are seeded 1 through 16 for the 16 teams that make the FCS playoffs for this spring […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 21

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 21st. These rankings are amongst the now 91 schools (Illinois State just announced it will forgo the rest of its spring schedule) participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/21/2021

SIU now gets South Dakota State at home this week. The Jackrabbits had a nail bitter against winless Youngstown State at home last week. The Jacks led the Penguins 16-7 through three quarters of play but YSU came back with 10 straight points to take the lead. SDSU though managed to drive in the wanning seconds of the game to get into field goal position where K Cole Frahm kicked a 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining to lift the Jacks to the victory.

College Sports Journal Sagarin 2021 Spring Division I FCS Playoff Predictions–Mar. 15

Using the Sagarin ratings from this week alone to project the 2021 Spring Division I FCS playoffs, along with the automatic bid for the conferences that receive a bid, the following would be the playoff teams. These teams are seeded 1 through 16 for the 16 teams that make the FCS playoffs for this spring […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 14

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 14th. These rankings are amongst the 92 schools participating in the spring schedule. NOTE: the Ivy League and Mid-Eastern (MEAC) conferences are not participating in the 2021 spring schedule. North Dakota State moves back into the top spot […]

NCAA Announces Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Bracket For 2021

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was announced on March 14th. The #1 overall seed was from a High Major in Gonzaga, who is the only undefeated team through the regular season. The NCAA tournament begins Friday, March 19th with the four First Four games and will continue through to the national championship […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 14

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 14th, 2021. This will be the final regular season rankings as the NCAA Tournament begins later this week. A final rankings will be published after the national championship game on April 5th. Colgate moves into the top spot […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 14

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 14th. This will be the final regular season rankings as the NCAA Tournament begins later this week. A final rankings will be published after the national championship game on April 5th. Gonzaga remains atop the standings and stays […]

2020 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Projections-March 13th

The CSJ’s NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament using the Sagarin rankings to field of the 68 teams that make-up the tournament for games through the week of March 13th. This will be the final projections before the actual tournament bracket will be announced later today, Sunday March 14th with this year’s tournament being fully located in the […]

College Sports Journal Pioneer Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/13, 2021

The conference schedule for the eight teams that will play in the Pioneer Football League begin this week. The PFL will play a six-week sprint of a spring season before the champion of the league advances to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/14/2021

This week the most intriguing match-up appears to the Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois as we have all MVFC games this week played on Saturday, March 13. The two schools both have a loss and getting their second loss as we will enter the mid-point of the spring schedule will likely result in the loser having to win out the rest of the season to get a playoff berth.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Mar. 7

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 7th. These rankings are amongst the 92 schools participating in the spring schedule. The Missouri Valley Football Conference is well represented with the Top 4 teams in the rankings. In total, the MVFC has eight teams in the […]

2021 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Mar. 7

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 7th, 2021. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the second #2 seed. A total of eight […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 7

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Mar. 7th, 2021. Toledo moves into the top spot this week despite splitting its two MAC conference games this past week–losing at Central Michigan and defeating Ball State at home. The Rockets now will play Ball State again in […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Mar. 7

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings, as well as overall, based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending March 7th. Gonzaga remains atop the standings and stays as the #1 team overall after not playing a game this past week. Gonzaga plays Saint Mary’s in the WCC Conference Tournament semi-finals tonight. Houston remains […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 3/4–3/6 2021

This week we get a Thursday game that matches two of the three undefeated teams left in league play when South Dakota visits North Dakota as one of the highlight games of the week in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. All other games this week in the MVFC will be on Saturday, March 6. Last […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Feb. 28

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending February 28th. These rankings are amongst the 92 schools participating in the spring schedule. North Dakota State lost to Southern Illinois this week and moved down to the #2 spot in the rankings. South Dakota State moves up to […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 28

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 28th, 2021. Colgate remains in the top spot this week despite the Raiders not playing a game this past week. Colgate’s next game will be this week in the Patriot League tournament. Toledo stays in the second position […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 28

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings, as well as overall, based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 28th. Gonzaga remains atop the standings and stays as the #1 team overall following its impressive wins over Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount in WCC play. Houston remains second after two impressive wins over […]

College Sports Journal Missouri Valley Football Conference Football Preview Week of 2/27/21

After a short first week of the season with just three of the possible five games played, Week 2 of MVFC play hopes to play the full five games this week. The two games canceled last week (Illinois State at Missouri State and Western Illinois at South Dakota) were postponed to the final weekend of […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Feb. 21

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending February 21st. These rankings are amongst the 92 schools participating in the spring schedule. Three-time defending champion North Dakota State stays in the top spot following its spring season opening win at home over Youngstown State. South Dakota State […]

2021 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 21

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 21st, 2021. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the third #2 seed. A total of eight […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 21

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 21st, 2021. Colgate moves into the top spot this week after the Raiders picked up two Patriot League wins on the road over Boston University. Toledo moves up to the second position after the Rockets two wins in […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 21

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings, as well as overall, based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 21st. Gonzaga remains atop the standings and did move back into the #1 team overall following its impressive wins over Saint Mary’s and San Diego in WCC play. Houston remains second despite losing to […]

2021 CSJ Pioneer Football League Spring Football Preview

CSJ’s Predicted Order of Finish 1. San Diego 2. Drake 3. Davidson 4. Stetson 5. Morehead State 6. Butler 7. Valparaiso 8. Presbyterian Dayton & Marist * (not participating in spring season)   2019 PFL NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Results First Round Northern Iowa 17 San Diego 3 The Pioneer Football League will begin […]

2021 CSJ Missouri Valley Football Conference Spring Football Preview

With a canceled 2020 FCS football fall season due to COVID-19 reasons, the sub-division will be playing instead in an unprecedented spring schedule.

2021 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 14

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 14th, 2021. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the third #2 seed. A total of eight […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 14

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 14th, 2021. Wright State moves into the top spot this week after the Raiders picked up two Horizon League wins at home over Milwaukee. Colgate moves up to the second position after these Raiders two wins at Army […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin High Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 14

Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings, as well as overall, based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 14th. Gonzaga remains atop the standings and did move back into the #1 team overall following its impressive wins over BYU and San Francisco in WCC play. Houston remains second after picking up an […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25–Spring 2021 Preseason

Below are the Top 25 FCS preseason rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the spring 2021 season. These rankings are amongst the 94 of the total of 127 schools participating in the spring schedule. Three-time defending champion North Dakota State is the preseason top spot with the team the Bison defeated in the last […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Full Rankings –Preseason Spring 2021

This has been an unprecedented past 12 months for college football with the Division I ranks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This past fall, we saw the FBS subdivision of Division I play through what right now looks like the peak of the pandemic of November and December. All FBS conferences did not start the […]

2021 CSJ Sagarin NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Projections-Feb. 7

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 two seed for the week ending February 7th, 2021. Another High Major team in Houston is also projected as the top #2 seed. A total of nine […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin Mid-Major Men’s Basketball Top 25 – Feb. 7

Below are the Top 25 Mid-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Feb. 7th, 2021. Toledo stays in the top spot despite splitting its two games this past week in MAC play. The Rockets defeated Akron but fell to Ball State. Wright State stays at the #2 after notching two victories […]