Using the Sagarin ratings from this week alone to project the 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 24 for the 24 teams that make the FCS playoffs. The seven Division I win criteria was used in the selection.
The following are the 10 automatic bid conferences winners:
Top 24 Rankings with playoff spot with the conference name indicating the automatic spot for its conference and then the 14 at-large spots also listed. The autobids are highlighted in bold.
|1||North Dakota State||MVFC|
|3||South Dakota State||At-Large 1|
|5||Weber State||Big Sky|
|6||Sacramento State||At-Large 3|
|7||Montana State||At-Large 4|
|8||Northern Iowa||At-Large 5|
|12||Southern Illinois||At-Large 8|
|13||SE Louisiana||At-Large 9|
|15||Illinois State||At-Large 11|
|20||North Dakota||At-Large 13|
|21||Kennesaw State||At-Large 14|
|22||C. Connecticut St. ||NEC|
The following is the list of all 126 FCS teams per the Sagarin rankings:
Note that the Ivy League, MEAC, and SWAC do not have autobids. The MEAC and SWAC champions play in the Celebration Bowl. The SWAC also plays a championship game so both division champions would not be able to participate but any second place or lower team in either conference would be eligible. And the Ivy League as a whole has elected not to participate in the playoffs.
Eastern Washington had seven wins but one was against a sub-DI opponent so they were left out of the field.
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 in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and 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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