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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CSJ 2021 Conference USA Championship Game Preview — Western Kentucky at UTSA

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT UTSAWHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 7:00 PM ESTWHERE: ALAMODOME, SAN ANTONIO, TEX.TV/STREAMING: CBS SPORTS NETWORK / CBS SPORTS APP The Conference USA championship this year will take place in a location it has never been–San Antonio, Texas. The home standing UTSA Roadrunners, who won the C-USA West Division will host the East Division champions of Western Kentucky. […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 27

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 27th, 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 […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Davidson at Kennesaw State

FCS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: DAVIDSON AT KENNESAW STATEWHERE: FIFTH BANK STADIUM, KENNESAW, GA.WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2:00 PM ESTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ If you are a fan of running the football, this playoff match-up will be for you between Davidson and Kennesaw State. This game will feature the number one and number two rushing offenses in the […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Northern Iowa at Eastern Washington

FCS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: NORTHERN IOWA AT EASTERN WASHINGTONWHERE: ROOS FIELD, CHENEY, WASH.WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 1:00 PM PSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ Two of the Division I FCS powerhouse program meet again in the playoffs when Northern Iowa travels to Eastern Washington. These two programs have been two of the most dominant FCS programs over the past […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Tennessee-Martin at Missouri State

FCS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: TENNESSEE-MARTIN AT MISSOURI STATEWHERE: ROBERT W. PLASTER STADIUM, SPRINGFIELD, MO.WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 3:00PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ Missouri State is back in the playoffs for the second season in a row and fourth season overall. The Bears were co-champions of the MVFC last spring to get their first bid to the postseason […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: Southern Illinois at South Dakota

FCS FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT SOUTH DAKOTAWHERE: DAKOTADOME, VERMILLION, S.D.WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 5:00PM CSTTV/STREAMING: ESPN+ It is a rarity that two teams from the same conference play each other in the first round of the FCS playoffs but that is the case in this match-up. The NCAA rule for the opening round […]

2021 Division I FCS Playoff First Round Preview: UC Davis at South Dakota State

These two teams were actually conference members of the now defunct Great West Football Conference until SDSU left that league after the 2007 season. UC Davis left the league after the 2011 season. Both moved to their current leagues of the Missouri Valley Football Conference for SDSU and the Big Sky Conference for UC Davis.

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 20

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 20th, 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 […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-FINAL

Using the Sagarin ranking this week, the following would be the field of 24 teams for the Division I FCS Football Playoffs. The actual playoff announcement will be made later today at 12:30 EST on ESPNU. North Dakota State is the top seed, while MVFC mate South Dakota State is the second seed. James Madison […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 20

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 20th, 2021. This is the last ranking of the regular season and CSJ will have a final ranking after the national championship game in January. North Dakota State stays the top of the rankings after the Bison defeated South […]

Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of Five Top Five Games and Recap of Week 12

There are still two.  That is two undefeated G5 teams as we now enter the last weekend of the regular season.  This week, Cincinnati had SMU, who earlier in the season looked like the best chance of any AAC team to knockoff the Bearcats.  But Cincinnati was dominate in their last regular season home game.  […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 13

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 13th, 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. North Dakota State moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 13

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 13th, 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 11

Can we get some more love for UTSA?  The Roadrunners are now just one of three FBS teams with an unblemished record.  UTSA joins Cincinnati and Georgia as the lone undefeated teams.  The Roadrunners forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter to help UTSA outlast Southern Miss 27-17 in Conference USA play.  UTSA used the […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-Nov. 7

Using the Sagarin ranking this week, the following would be the field of 24 teams for the Division I FCS Football Playoffs. North Dakota State is the top seed, while MVFC mates South Dakota State and Northern Iowa are the second and third seeds respectively. James Madison is the #4, while Sam Houston State and […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Nov. 7

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 7th, 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 moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Nov. 7

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Nov. 7th, 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 11

First off, the College Football Playoff rankings were out last Tuesday for the first rankings of the season. For those of us that follow the Group of Five, it had to be somewhat disheartening to see one of the best G5 teams in the CFP era ranked at #6 to start the rankings. But this […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-Oct. 31

Using the Sagarin ranking this week, the following would be the field of 24 teams for the Division I FCS Football Playoffs. North Dakota State is the top seed, while MVFC mates South Dakota State and Northern Iowa are the second and third seeds respectively. James Madison is the #4, while Sam Houston State and […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FCS Top 25 – Oct. 30

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 30th, 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. North Dakota State stays at the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 30

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 30th, 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 10

And there were two left.  That is that there are only two undefeated teams left in the Group of Five after this week.  The week entered with four undefeated teams in the G5 but two went down this weekend.  SMU played at Houston and the Mustangs tied the game at 37-37 with 30 seconds to […]

CSJ Sagarin 2021 NCAA FCS Playoff Projection-Oct. 24

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. 23

Below are the Top 25 rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 23rd, 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. North Dakota State moves to the top of the rankings after the […]

College Sports Journal Sagarin FBS G5 Top 25 – Oct. 23

Here are the Top 25 FBS Group of Five (G5) rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Oct. 23rd, 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 9

Coming into Week 8 of the season, the Group of Five had five teams still undefeated.  That number changed to four this week in the first game of the week this past Wednesday.  Coastal Carolina lost in the regular season for the first time since 2019 when the Chanticleers lost at Appalachian State this past […]

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 […]